Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) on Monday, October 3rd, reported 16 flood-affected provinces across the country due to the batter of the ‘NORU’ storm.
According to the department, about 565 villages, 69 districts, 176 sub-districts in 16 provinces had been tremendously affected by the flood and overflow after the storm battered most parts of the country between September 28th and October 3rd.
The affected areas included provinces in the north, northeast, the central, and the east; namely Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai, Phetchabun, Phichit, Tak, Uttaradit, Nan, Phrae, Sisaket, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, and Prachinburi.
As of this morning, more than 32,800 households in 22 districts of northeastern Sisaket province were suffering from flooding while the water level in the province’s main Huai Samran river had reached about three meters high and was expected to gradually rise due to the accumulation of rainfall.
Thousands of rai of fields and crops were reportedly damaged so far. The provincial authorities had assisted with supplies and the evacuation of the affected families in 23 districts to temporary shelters as well as inspected the flooded areas to estimate the damages, install the drainage equipment, and provide urgent assistance to local residents as much as possible.
Meanwhile, in Chiang Mai, the provincial authorities had announced the urgent evacuation for residents living in five zones after the flood water level, caused by constant rains, continued to rise since 9:00 AM. People who are living in the flooding risk areas are highly advised to evacuate to the provincial temporary shelters and turn off houses’ circuit breakers to prevent electrical leaks.
In Chonburi, some roads with high overflows were temporary closed and heavy traffic was reported on main roads. Pattaya City Mayor Poramese Ngampiches had ordered officials from the Pattaya City Administration to station at the road along the railroad between Khao Talo to Khao Noi to manage the traffic and facilitate drivers and pedestrians as the water began to flood on the road. The Mayor also ordered related departments to remove trash and debris to unclog drains in order to accelerate the drainage system as quickly as possible.
In the capital, 11 main roads were reportedly flooding due to the constant heavy rain since this afternoon. People are advised to avoid traveling during 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM as the traffic will be the most congested, especially in the reported flooded roads of Sukhumvit, Ratchadapisek, Pracharat Sai 1, Phahonyothin, Ekkachai, Bangna-Trat, Rama 3, Rama 6, and Chaengwattana.
The Royal Irrigation Department had installed water pumps to accelerate the drainage systems for 24-hours operation in flooded areas nationwide, especially plain low-lying areas near rivers and banks. The officials also closely monitored the weather and the flooding situation in order to provide urgent and effective assistance to flood-affected areas across the country until the end of the rainy season.
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