The high rainfall intensity, enhanced by the Tropical Storm (TS) “Sonca” has triggered flooding in several areas in Cambodia, Lao, Thailand and Myanmar.
Four Provinces in Cambodia were affected namely Kratie, Prey Veng, Pnomh Penh and Tbong Kmum Provinces. According to the National Committee for Disaster Management of Cambodia, there are three deaths and 2.686 houses submerged as of 31 July 2017. In addition, Fifty three (53) household are affected and 23 household was evacuated.
In Lao PDR, flooding affected the provinces of Saravan, Champassak, Xekong, Xayaboury, Borikhamxay. Savannakhet and Attapeu. Lao PDR social Welfare Department, Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare reported that three (3) people died. It is also reported that 1.872 families are affected with 188 people displaced.
According to the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Department of Myanmar, as of 23 July, a total of 33,233 families or 134,591 people have been affected and evacuated due to the flood in Magway, Sagaing, Bago, Irrawaddy and Nay Pyi Taw Regions and Rakhine, Mon and Karen States. Two (2) people were also reportedly to have died because of the incident. Magway Region suffered the most with 90,417 displaced people, followed by Sagaing Division with 23,595 people displaced.
Continuous heavy rains has increased the flood and landslide incidents in the northeast, northern and central provinces of Thailand. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation stated that 17 provinces have been affected by flooding which included Sakon Nakhon, Lop Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phrae, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Maha Sarakham, Ayutthaya, Buri Ram, Phichit, Kalasin, Sukhothai, Mae Hong Son, Ranong, Khon Kaen, Uttaradit and Phitsanulok. The most affected area is Sakon Nakhon Province where there is report of widespread flooding in 18 districts that also paralyzed the airport and cut off major roads.
At this stage, the Government of the affected country has persistently provided assistance to the victims by mobilising resources to help the victims. The In-country Humanitarian Organisation has also been supporting the government in the relief effort. As of this period of reporting, there is no request for international assistance made by the affected Member States.