BANGKOK, Nov 15 – Continued floods across Thailand has brought the total number of deaths to 223 on Monday, while the country’s Economic Ministers will convene Monday afternoon to consider additional flood-relief measures.
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has announced that the total death toll in flooding which hit the central and northeastern regions fromOct 10-Nov 14 rose to 152 as of Sunday, while 71 deaths were recorded in torrential floods in the South which were caused by a tropical storm and heavy rains.
The ministry’s announcement said that so far 39 provinces in the North and Northeast were affected by flooding and that although the situation has eased, flood conditions remain in 57 districts of 13 provinces.
In the southern region, 12 provinces were hit by the tropical storm which triggered flash floods in the areas from Oct 30 through Nov 14. Among them, 46 districts of five southern provinces are still under floodwaters.
The Meteorological Department on Monday warned that the northeast monsoon which prevails over the South and the Gulf of Thailand will strengthen during Nov 15-17 and heavy rainfall is expected over the southern east coast with stronger winds and higher waves in the Gulf.
In the Northeast, temperature is dropping 1-3 degrees Celsius due to the intense high pressure area from China which has covered upper Thailand and the South China Sea.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is scheduled to chair the Economic Ministers meeting Monday afternoon to discuss additional relief measures for flood victims as well as solutions to the rising prices of eggs as shopkeepers take advantage of flooding as an excuse to raise prices.