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Thailand’s flood death toll rises to 223

Posted by arnon_k On November - 15 - 2010 1 COMMENT

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.

Indonesia volcano death toll tops 200

Posted by arnon_k On November - 13 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Jakarta, Indonesia (CNN) — The death toll from the recent eruptions of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano has reached 206 and nearly 400,000 people have had to flee their homes, a national disaster official said Friday. Mount Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, erupted October 26. It is located on the island of Java. “Rescue workers recovered more bodies in the villages,” said Haartje…

Flood toll climbs to 206

Posted by arnon_k On November - 12 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

The confirmed death toll from heavy flooding that hit many provinces across the country since Oct 10 has risen to 206, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Friday morning.

The department said a total of 146 people in the North, Northeast, East and Central Plains and 60 in the South had been killed by the flooding.

In the South, Songkhla had the highest number of flood fatalities at 27, followed by Nakhon Si Thammarat (9), Phattalung (7), Surat Thani (6), Pattani (5), Trang (3), Satun (2) and Chumpon (1), according to the department.

The department on Thursday reported confirmed flood death toll at 203.

Death toll hits 101 as govt warns against recklessness

Posted by arnon_k On October - 31 - 2010 3 COMMENTS

The number of people who have died in the floods has risen to 101, as the government warns people to be more careful in the water.

Some of the deaths could have been avoided, officials suggested yesterday, as one agency started an inquiry into why so many people have died.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said 90 of the total were found drowned while officials were investigating whether the other 11 died in flood-related incidents.

Chatree Charoencheewakul, secretary-general of the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand, said most of the deaths were caused by drowning and electric shock. “People should be aware of the dangers of flooding. Many people are careless in the water, despite the fact that they can’t swim.

“Some are careless when using electrical equipment or while fishing in the floods,” he said.

He said most of the deaths were in areas where flooding is rare, such as Nakhon Ratchasima and Lop Buri.

People in such areas may lack swimming skills. “In some cases, an older brother went to the aid of a younger one, a father tried to help his son and they all drowned,” he said.

“This is not a small issue but a national concern. The Disease Control Department and the institute are studying the cause behind the large number of deaths resulting from the floods,” he said.

He said the institute will teach Thais how to swim, particularly children.

Playing in the water, fishing, and messing around while drunk are three of the more unusual causes of drowning which have taken the lives of flood victims.

While most of the 94 deaths recorded by the institute as of Friday are attributed to drowning, the causes in some cases relate to accidents caused by carelessness or having too good a time.

Deaths have been recorded in 20 provinces. In Nakhon Ratchasima, for example, where 18 people have died, three are fishing-related deaths – one person fell off a boat, another fell in the water and a third was drowned after his fishing line got tangled around his leg. Two died after suffering muscle cramps, and one while swimming in a weir.

In Nakhon Sawan, where 12 people have died, four were fishing, one death was drinking related and one victim was electrocuted. One person died while collecting morning glory.

In Lop Buri, 11 people have died, including two people whose car was washed away and a third person who drove his motorcycle into a tree. One person was electrocuted after his house was flooded, and another died in a drinking related accident.

In Ayutthaya, seven have died, including a 50-year-old man who was drinking and gambling, and tried to race across a flooded area with his friends as a dare. He drowned. In Buri Ram, where six people have died, a child fell out of a tree into flood waters, two teens drowned in a weir, two children died in a flooded ricefield, and one person died helping his child. In Nonthaburi, where five people died, two died of electrocution, and one child, aged 2, drowned in a flooded area behind his home.

In Kamphaeng Phet, where four have died, three deaths are related to fishing. One person collapsed and fell in the water. In Saraburi, where four people died, a 59-year-old woman drowned after the boat she was on capsized. In Rayong, where two people have died, a man died while swerving to avoid flood waters. He hit a tree. The other victim died when a flood catchment area in a golf course collapsed.