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Flood surge reaches Central Plain

Posted by pakin On September - 4 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

The flood surge caused by heavy rains in the North reached the Central Plain provinces of Sukhothai and Nakhon Sawan on Thursday.

Continuous rains in the Yom and the Ngao river basins in the North are swelling the level of the Yom River, that flows to the Central Plain.

The river overflowed its banks and flooded Wat Koh sub-district in Si Samrong district, swamping about 50 houses, the Si Samrong market and Pracha Uthit School. Floodwaters were 30-60 centimetres deep and the school was closed.

The river also overflowed in Pak Khwae sub-district of Muang Sukhothai district, inundating houses and farmland, and was 1.50 metres deep in some areas.

People in Sawankhalok and Kong Krailat districts of Sukhothai, Bang Rakam district of Phitsanulok province and Sam Ngam district of Phichit province were warned of possible flooding as the districts are downstream on  the Yom River. Local residents were making sandbags in a bid to cope with incoming deluge.

Persistent rains also generated runoff that hit about 1.6 square kilometres of paddy fields in Sam Ngam district of Phichit, about 100 houses in Si Satchanalai district of Sukhothai, and about 1.6 square kilometres of paddy fields and four villages in Phaisali district of Nakhon Sawan.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported that since Aug 26 floods caused by heavy rains had hit 24 provinces  — Mae Hong Son, Lampang, Kamphaeng Phet, Kalasin, Buri Ram, Samut Prakan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phetchabun, Loei, Nan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Udon Thani, Ang Thong, Uttaradit, Nong Khai, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phitsanulok, Phayao, Tak and Mahasarakham. Nearly 10,000 families were affected.

Flooding remains in the five provinces of Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Phayao, Nakhon Ratchasima and Tak.

More rain, wind forecast over flooded South

Posted by Nuttapon_S On November - 27 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

THE FLOOD situation in many parts of southern Thailand is improving, but now Deputy Interior Minister Visarn Techateerawat is warning southerners of another challenge – the influence of cyclonic storm Lehar due tomorrow and Friday.

Following continuous rain, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Surat Thani still need monitoring. Visarn said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and Cabinet members had instructed provincial governors to continue providing aid to affected people.

A storm-warning centre has been set up in Songkhla to monitor the situation. Storm Lehar is currently moving over the Bay of Bengal.

The Meteorological Department yesterday also forecast that more rain was likely in the South, with strong wind-driven waves up to 2-3 metres high in the Gulf.

The department also forecast cooler weather for upper Thailand during November 28-30.

In Trang, despite a previously built 1,000-sandbag back-up barrier, a section the Trang River in Na Ta Loung sub-district collapsed yesterday morning, flooding riverside homes in one-metre-deep water.

Most residents had been warned to move their belongings to higher ground and 60 soldiers with two GMC vehicles helped them evacuate. Some however lost belongings in the early morning flood.

Trang Governor Somsak Parisutho and Red Cross Society members delivered 300 relief sets to flood-affected residents in Na Yong district.

NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, Nov 23 — The flood situation in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat worsened, as all 23 districts were declared disaster areas from flood.
Jetsada Wattananurak, head of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office, said that all 23 districts of the provinces were severely affected by the flood and declared disaster zones.
The cost of damages could not be evaluated at the moment but around 150,000 people or 35,000 households in 85 subdistricts were affected by the flood.
The most worrisome districts were Nopphitam and Sichon because they were forested areas and the continuous rain has caused landslides at many locations. The flood has also cut bridges and roads.
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has announced a temporarily halt to southbound rail services as the track was under 20 cm high water due to heavy rain.
The track between Laem Tanod, Ban Khon Hat, Chong Khao, Ron Phibun has flooded so that the SRT has canceled two train services: Bangkok – Sungai Kolok and Bangkok – Yala. The other train services to Hat Yai, Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat stations have to stop at Tung Song Junction.
The Meteorological Department has issued weather advisory which stated that an active low pressure cell over the Andaman Sea is moving westward, far from the southwest coast. Decreasing rain is expected over the South but isolated heavy to very heavy rain remains in some areas.
Residents in provinces including Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun should be aware of heavy to very heavy rain on Saturday.
The wind and waves in the Gulf of Thailand will weaken as waves would be about 2 meters high, while waves in the Andaman Sea were still 2-3 meters high. All ship should proceed with caution and small boats in the Andaman Sea keep ashore during Saturday and Sunday. (MCOT online news)

Flooded Amata industrial estate back to normal

Posted by Nuttapon_S On October - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHON BURI,  Oct 23 –  Long-term flood prevention measures will be needed for the Amata industrial estate which has been flooded for the last few weeks, Industry Minister Prasert Boonchaisuk said today.

During an inspection trip to the industrial park in the eastern seaboard province of Chon Buri, he said that all factories have resumed operations and previously inundated roads inside the industrial zone were now completely dry.

He said flushing waters out of Amata estate was rather slow due to insufficient drainage channels while the volume of rainfall was at a record high for the last 60 years.

Amata management will have to build dykes some 60-100 cm high around factories and the drainage system must be improved, he advised.

The construction of new roads by the Transport Ministry must avoid blocking water passages into canals and the Bang Pakong River, he said.

Viboon Kromadit, Amata chief marketing officer, said the company’s management would urgently repair road surfaces, pavements and the landscape inside the industrial estate.

Residents of the areas surrounding Phases 7-9 of the industrial parks whose homes were flooded would be assisted, he said, adding that Amata managers would work with provincial officials in improving roads, digging canals and installing water pumps in neighbouring areas. (MCOT online news)