LOPBURI, 19th October 2017 (NN) – Flooding continues to be reported from many areas with three districts of Khon Kaen province inundated after Ubol Ratana Dam exceeded its holding capacity and a pond burst its banks in Lopburi province.
Authorities are urgently repairing a pond in Kaset University’s Lopburi Campus after a 15 meter stretch of its levee burst due to high pressure. They have so far been successful in closing the gap using Big Bags and wood pikes.
BANGKOK, 19 October 2017, (NNT) - Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has urged people in flooded areas to take protective measures against flood related diseases, particularly leptospirosis and conjunctivitis.
Permanent Secretary of the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Jessada Chokdamrongsuk, has instructed officials at health centers in flooded areas to prepare measures for flood related diseased.
Leptospirosis can be transmitted to humans through cuts and abrasions of the skin, or through the mucous membranes of the eyes, nose and mouth.
BANGKOK, 17th October 2017 (NNT) – The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has warned of heavy rain today in Bangkok with the Chao Phraya River overflowing in several areas.
A community of Nonthaburi province along the Chao Phraya River has reported various impacts from its rising waters with members of the Tha It Mosque community erecting a sand bag barrier to fend off flood waters.
BANGKOK, 13th October 2017 (NNT) – The Ministry of the Interior has ordered 14 provinces of the south and Prachuapkirikan to prepare for flooding and related disasters expected to take place between now and December and has issued a notice to boat owners that waves created by their journeys through the waterways are causing problems for flood hit homes.
CHIANG MAI, 13 October 2017 (NNT) – Areas of the north and central region have continued to face flood conditions with runoff hitting 2 districts of Chiang Mai province, damaging a school and severing roadways.
Up to 15 buildings of Panya Den International School in Chiang Mai province have been inundated by flood waters with damages to equipment and supplies estimated at no less than 40 million baht in value.
Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasas is leading relief efforts and ordered urgent aid for all impacted with the situation likely to resolve soon.
BANGKOK, 10th October 2017 (NNT) – The Thai Government's spokesman, Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd says that the government has been effective in its management of water in the recent period of harsh weather, with floods not impacting any economic zones and monkey cheek retention areas used to handle excess inundation.
Thailand has been following the situation in Rakhine State particularly the latest developments since 25 August 2017. Thailand shares the concern of the international community and views that as a priority humanitarian assistance should be provided to those affected on the ground both in Northern Rakhine State and in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh where there are reportedly more than 400,000 displaced persons.
MAHASARAKHAM, 10th October 2017, (NNT) - Officials of Mahasarakham and Uthai Thani provinces have issued warnings to their respective residents residing along the Chi and Chao Phraya Rivers of possible flooding.
According to the Governor of Mahasarakham, more water is reportedly flowing into Ubol Ratana Dam in Khon Kaen, prompting officials to discharge water at a rate of 34 million cubic meters per day. Surface runoff is very likely, said the governor, while warning residents and farmers along the Chi River to brace themselves for a deluge.
THAILAND, 8th October 2017 (NNT) – Continuous rainfall has triggered heavy flooding in two communities of Uthai Thani Province.
Torrential rain in the last couple of days has caused water in Khlong Pho Reservoir to overflow, causing floods in Phai Khiao and Bo Yang sub-districts of Uthai Thani province. The water level in these communities was reportedly as high as 80 centimeters, damaging roads and compromising several plantation operations. Local authorities are providing assistance and necessities to those in need.
PHICHIT, 5th October 2017 (NNT) – Rains have continued across the country with up to 80 percent of Bangkok experiencing heavy rain this morning and Phichit province experiencing a major drenching, resulting in widespread flooding of the province.
The heaviest rains recorded in 30 years in Phichit province have left much of the region inundated and a section of the Nan River swollen to within 20 centimeters of its banks. Governor Weerasak Wijitsaengsri has ordered water pumps quickly drain flood waters to alleviate the situation.
TRANG, 2 October 2017 (NNT) – Flooding in Trang and Satun provinces have begun to alleviate with authorities passing out relief funds.
Deputy Governor of Satun province Soradech Suntarachun has passed out aid funds to families who lost members to flooding in recent days, starting with the family of Sagareeya Roheman, a 10 year old boy. Up to 1,848 households across 2 districts in the province were impacted by flooding, which has only begun to let up.
Concerning reports from some Human Rights Organisations’ views regarding Thailand’s position relating to the unrest in the Rakhine State, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would like to make the following points:
Thailand is closely following the situation in the Rakhine State with concern and supports the ASEAN Chairman's Statement on this matter as issued on 24 September 2017.
CHANTABURI, 26 September 2017 (NNT) – Continuing rains have set off warnings in provinces such as Chantaburi due to rising rivers and waterways with the province’s Charoensuk Market already experiencing flooding.
CHAI NAT, 27th September 2017 (NNT)-The Bureau of Ground Water Resources Region 2 is trying to store underground water in a shallow well to help farmers in Chai Nat during the dry season when water becomes scarce.
Director of Chai Nat Provincial Natural Resources and Environment Office Ruamsab Kanaeda presided over the opening ceremony of the underground water project by the Bureau of Ground Water Resources Region 2.
THAILAND, 24th September 2017 (NNT) – Ten southern provinces are battling severe floods triggered by heavy thundershowers.
Among the 10 southern provinces, Satun took the biggest hit. Local authorities are evacuating residents in affected communities. According to the latest report, the floodwater was as high as 30 centimeters in the capital district. Sandbags have been stacked up to divert the water away from economic zones.
SATUN, 22nd September 2017 (NNT) – Satun province has been hit by its third and most severe wave of flooding this year with residents put on high alert to possible landslides and runoff.
Days of heavy rain in Satun province’s Ta Pae district have created flooding with waters 30 centimeters deep along many roads. Local administrators have concentrated their efforts on directing traffic to maintain transport systems but have described the flooding as the worst of three waves this year.
On 18 September 2017, the Foreign Minister of Thailand attended the High-level Meeting on Hurricane Irma co-hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly; the high-level meeting aims to gain high-level political attention to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, secure commitment to support countries and people affected, and highlighting the need for building resilient communities to natural disasters, including those impacted by climate change.
BANGKOK, 13th September 2017 (NNT) - The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has postponed the discharge of water into farmland in the Central region, due to continuing heavy rainfall forecast this month.
RID Deputy Director-General Thongplew Kongjan revealed that the Meteorological Department has forecast rainfall in the central region from now until September 25th. Therefore, the department is concerned that releasing water into the central fields in addition to the rain would compromise its capacity to absorb water from the northern region.
KHON KAEN, 12 September 2017 (NNT) – Flooding has continued to impact areas of the nation with over 300 Rai of farmland in Khon Kaen inundated and Ang Thong province on high alert.
Clean up efforts are underway in Ang Thong after Chao Phraya River waters subsided but many locals have held off on moving their belongings back home as the Meteorological Department has forecast more heavy rains later this week, which may swell waterways once again. Over 700 households in three districts of the province are still contending with floodwaters.