OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Thailand - Floods
This situation report is based on the information received from OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP) in Bangkok.
1. Thailand has been badly affected by floods from several storms and Typhoon Xangsane, which turned into a tropical depression in the country. Out of 75 provinces, 46 provinces were inundated of which 18 provinces are still submerged as water level of major rivers remains high or overflows. According to the Ministry of Public Health, the most affected provinces are Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttaya, Nakkon Sawan and Sukkothai.
2. As of 13 October, Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports that 47 people have been killed, two are missing and more than 2.4 million people have been affected to various degrees (see table below). According to the Ministry of Education, a total of 378 schools in 21 provinces were affected, of which 310 are still closed. The loss is estimated at THB 305,289,193 (approximately USD 8.137 million).
|Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Phayao, Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Phichit|
|Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Angthong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttaya, Lop Buri, Suphan Buri, Saraburi, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Patgom, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengasao, Prachin Buri, Bangkok|
|Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Udon Thai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Si Sa Ket, Buri Ram, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon|
|Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga|
3. The Thailand Meteorological Department issued a warning that people in the risky areas of lower central and southern Thailand should be aware of heavy rain and flooding conditions during 11 - 15 October. Widespread rain with isolated heavy fall is expected in the south, while there will be a decrease in rain for northern, north eastern, central and eastern Thailand.
4. The government has not requested any international assistance officially.
5. Following the King's recent permission for the use of his private lands to retain diverted excess water from the Chao Phraya River to ease flood damages in Bangkok and its vicinity, a number of villagers in the province also allowed the use of their lands for the same purpose. However, there has been opposition from some farmers for the transformation of farmlands into permanent water retention ponds to ease seasonal flood damages. The government has promised compensation for land use.
6. As one of the immediate measures to ease the recurrent floods is to transform farmlands in provinces near Bangkok into water retention reservoirs, the government has instructed relevant ministries and agencies to develop a long-term comprehensive flood and water resources management master plan.
7. A special meeting of the UN Disaster Management Team was convened on 12 October to review the latest flood situation and discuss the possible support to the government. FAO, OCHA, UNDP, UNICEF, UN RC Office, WHO and WFP participated, where they agreed that the UN agencies could mobilize support to meet immediate requirements, while more detailed needs would be identified through joint assessment.
8. OCHA is in close contact with the government and the UN Resident Coordinator's Office in Bangkok and will revert with further information as it becomes available. This situation report, together with further information on ongoing emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at http://www.reliefweb.int.
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