PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Heavy floods rendered four hospitals inoperable for two days after the high water levels damaged infrastructure and cut off access to the facilities, the provincial public health office said on Saturday.
The hospitals across two districts were affected by floods brought on by torrential rain on Thursday night, according to the office.
The authorities were looking at the damage caused the downpours.
WRITER: SUPAPONG CHAOLAN
SURAT THANI: Flash floods and runoff ravaged three districts overnight, affecting 25 households and claiming the life of a 55-year-old man, whose body was found early on Tuesday morning. Heavy rain started pounding several villages in Khian Sa, Phanom and Phrasaeng districts around 9pm on Monday. The downpour lasted several hours, triggering flooding and forest runoff in all three districts.
Heavy rain on Sunday flooded many roads in Bangkok, including the major arteries of Ratchadaphisek and Ramkhamhaeng. Pictures posted on Twitter showed flooding at Rajamangala National Stadium.
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration reported stretches of 17 different roads were underwater.
Pattaya and Bang Lamung districts in Chon Buri were also hit by torrential rain on Sunday. The downpour started around 1pm and lasted about two hours, flooding numerous roads and causing traffic congestion.
Uttaradit: Two districts of Tha Pla and Laplae are on full alert for flash floods and landslides after torrential rain lashed wide areas over the past 24 hours due to tropical storm Mangkhut, according to the provincial office.
Provincial governor Theerawat Wutthikhun issued an urgent message to government units in the districts telling them to be on full alert as heavy downpours continued yesterday.
The warning was also relayed to residents living in disaster-prone villages, particularly in tambon Nang Phaya in Tha Pla district and tambon Mae Poon in Laplae.
WRITER: SAIARUN PINADUANG, RARINTHORN PETCHAROEN AND ASWIN WONGNORKAEW
Forest runoff and heavy flooding caused by typhoon Mangkhut swept through several northern provinces overnight and into Tuesday, with the Meteorological Department warning the North and Northeast of more rain expected over the next two days.
5 kids among missing after huge mudslide
A search was intensifying at a refugee camp in Ban Mae La Oon in Mae Hong Son's Sob Moei district Tuesday to locate and rescue seven people, including five children, declared missing after the area was hit by a mudslide on Sunday evening.
Heavy machinery and equipment were mobilised in the search and rescue operation at the remote camp as local officials, soldiers, defence volunteers, and rescue workers expanded the area of their search to the nearby Yuam River.
Typhoon Mangkhut, now over the South China Sea, is expected to cause heavy rain in the North and Northeast during Sept 17-19, prompting the Thai Meteorological Department to issue a warning of possible flash floods, river overflows and landslides.
According to the department's 11am weather forecast, as of 10am on Sunday typhoon Mangkhut was about 160 kilometres southeast of Macau, Guangdong County, China, with a maximum sustained wind speed of about 140 kilometres per hour.
Eight provinces still suffering from flooding, affecting 58,276 people in 16,468 households in 26 districts; water levels now dropping.
The flood-ravaged provinces are Bung Kan, Nakhon Phanom and Sakon Nakhon in the Northeast; Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and Chachoengsao in the East; Phetchaburi in the Central region; and, Satun in the South.
In Bung Kan, overflow from the Mekong river has inundated parts of Muang, Bung Khla, Seka and Phon Charoen districts, damaging 41,338 rai of farmland. The water is now receding.
Two storms expected to make impact Wednesday
Thailand, especially its western regions where officials are making "historic" huge discharges of water from the brimming Sri Nakarin dam, will be further hit by downpours triggered by Tropical storm "Barijat" in the South China Sea and Typhoon "Mangkhut" near the Philippines from today until next Tuesday.
WRITER: CHUDET SIHAWONG AND PATTANAPONG SRIPIARACHAI
Communities along the lower Chao Phraya River will see water levels receding over the next 24 hours as the volume of runoff from the North falls, but the flood situation in Nakhon Phanom in the Northeast remains severe.
Officials said on Wednesday they are reducing the rate of discharge from the Chao Phraya barrage dam in Chai Nat to 800 cubic metres a second. This was possible because the flood surge coming downstream, passing through Nakhon Sawan in the upper Central Plains, was falling.
Two provinces brace for excess water
The governors of Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi and Samut Songkhram attended an urgent meeting Wednesday to prepare their provinces for excess water being released from the Sri Nakharin and Vajiralongkorn dams, which could cause widespread floods in the coming days.
Gen Chatchai Sarikulya, a deputy prime minister, said those present discussed ways of combatting the floods that are expected to be unleashed when the water is discharged from the dams in Kanchanaburi.
WRITER: MANIT SANUBBOON
PRACHIN BURI: A torrent of water from the Khao Yai National Park surged through canal-side villages in Prachin Buri early on Wednesday morning, with residents battling water about one-metre deep.
Residents of Ban Khao Noi and Ban Khok Kruat in Prachantakham district were the first to feel the deluge which overflowed the banks of Prathet canal around 2am, Banthoeng Panyadi, chief of the Pho Ngam tambon administration organisation, said.
WRITER: RARINTHORN PETCHAROEN
NAN: Mountain runoff triggered mudslides that uprooted trees, blocked roads and damaged houses overnight in two districts of this northern province.
In Chalerm Prakiat district, hours of heavy rain led to a mudslide at Pang Hok village in tambon Huai Kon in the early hours of Tuesday. Electricity wires were brought down, causing a blackout throughout the village.
Several houses, chicken farms and fish ponds were damaged by the mudslide, which also blocked the main road leading to the village. It was impassable to all vehicles.
Rising Mekong leaves town on verge of crisis
The heavily drenched Nong Khai is just centimetres away from crisis as the Mekong River continues to rise and northern run-off keeps pouring in with further rainfall expected to hit Thailand this week.
WRITER: PHATHANAPHONG SIPHIANCHAI
NAKHON PHANOM: Flooding is becoming more extensive in this northeastern province with the most recent victims being about 300 households in tambon Hadpaeng of Si Songkham district, inundated after the Songkham River broke its banks.
People in Ban Hadpaeng were forced to move their belongings upstairs and now travel by boat, with the flood water almost one metre deep - the worst flooding in the village in 20 years.
The Royal Irrigation Department yesterday dismissed public concern over possible floods in Ayutthaya after Pa Sak Jolasid dam in neighbouring Lop Buri province began releasing excess water at a higher rate.
The department's director-general Thongplew Kongjun insisted that Pa Sak Jolasid dam is only 32% full, and the rest of its entire water retention capacity is available.
As of yesterday, inflow was estimated to be at 50.09 million cubic metres per day, while the water discharge rate was maintained at 23.40 million cu/m per day, he said.
WRITER: CHAIWAT SATYAM AND ONLINE REPORTERS
PHETCHABURI: Flooding in downtown areas of Muang district increased slightly on Thursday, but the level was expected to fall soon as inflow to Kaeng Krachan dam has slowed.
Floodwater in central Phetchaburi was 10-40 centimetres deep on Thursday morning, several centimetres higher than when it arrived in the centre of the province on Wednesday morning. Local officials tried to contain flooding with pumps and sandbags.
Water pumps have been deployed and soldiers have rushed to help move people's belongings to higher ground as the swollen Phetchaburi River flooded the province's Muang municipality Wednesday.
Schools in the municipality will suspend classes this week to ease the burden on downtown residents who battled flooded roads and steadily rising water.
Municipal officials switched on several large pumps on submerged roads to keep flooding at a manageable level.
Residents of downtown Phetchaburi, southwest of Bangkok, are being urged to brace for floods Wednesday after the Phetchaburi dam released more water into a major river in the province.
The latest flood warning was issued for Muang district of Phetchaburi, considered the gateway to the South, with the water level at Kaeng Krachan dam at a 10-year high and still pouring down the spillway as of press time.
WRITER: RARINTHORN PETCHAROEN
A massive landslide in Nan's Chalerm Prakiat district has blocked a local highway and forced 5,000 residents who want to get back into town to take a 100-kilometre detour to reach the municipal area, instead of the usual 30km trip.
It is the second major landslide in this northern province in less than 30 days.