Northern and Northeastern provinces of Thailand are recovering from flooding and damage caused by the Sinlaku storm

Northern and Northeastern provinces of Thailand are recovering from hazardous damages caused by Sinlaku depression


  Flash floods and heavy rainfall had battered several areas in Northern and Northeastern Thailand last weekend, causing thousands of homes and fields to be swamped. Roads and bridges were cut off, including essential roads connecting Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, while many districts were left inundated with floodwater.

  According to Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, the storm had damaged thirteen provinces in total and had affected more than twenty-thousand households. Three people living in Nong Bua Lamphu, Phitsanulok, and Udon Thani were also killed in the floods. An exact estimation on the damage in terms of financial numbers had not yet been made by the Thai Government as of press time.

  The disastrous situation is likely to recede after the tropical storm, named Sinlaku, had recently moved away from the country. The water level in some areas is dropping low enough for transportation services to resume and for local residents to begin the slow and painful road to recovery and clean-up. Landslides had been reported in some provinces, including Nan, and teams were continuing to recover from the damage caused.

  Officials in the Loei province, which was arguably the hardest hit overall by the flooding and storms, have now begun to coordinate their rescue efforts to reach out to their local residents with supplies and travel to the affected area in order to assist with overall recovery efforts.

  Not all Northern and Northeastern provinces are at ease. The water level in several villages in the San Sai District in Chiang Mai remains high, causing living difficulties for locals. Rescue workers are assisting in providing water, food and essential supplies to residents in this area, according to Chiang Mai officials.

  Worse, the flooding situation in Thailand might reoccur since the forecast reveals the chance of more rain for all regions next week in the North and Northeast, according to the Thai Meteorological Department on Wednesday.

  The Meteorological Department stated on Wednesday, August 5, that more flash floods and downpours are possible to occur next week as monsoon rains are predicted in some areas in the Northern, Northeastern, Eastern and Southern regions.

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