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Girl, 10, swept away in Prachin Buri

Posted by Rattana_S On September - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Fears for Saha Rattana Nakorn estate riverside communities in bangkok also warned of possible overflow

A 10-YEAR-OLD girl was washed away and feared dead yesterday as the eastern province of Prachin Buri battled its worst flooding in 26 years.

“Big waves were generated by three military vehicles that came to the area to help flood victims,” a witness said.

Locals said Sasikarn Wongprai and her girlfriend were playing in 30-centimetre water in front of her home in Sri Maha Pho district when big waves swept both girls into a nearby field covered by four metres of water.

Bystanders rushed to help them but could only find and rescue Sasikarn’s friend. Sasikarn did not go to school because it was closed due to the raging currents.

Four districts including Sri Maha Pho have been declared flood-disaster zones. Heavy downpours continued to pelt Sri Maha Pho and Kabin Buri districts.

Deputy PM Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Water and Flood Management Commission, said he had ordered officials not to release any water from Khun Dan Prakan Chon Dam in Nakhon Nayok into Prachin Buri for at least two days.

This dam, which can hold 280 million cubic metres of water, was saving Prachin Buri from worse flooding, he said.

But there has been growing opposition for a dam proposed in Mae Wong, with a big protest held against it in Bangkok on Sunday.

Plodprasop threatened to reveal a letter showing that Pramote Maiklad, now opposed to the Mae Wong project, used to support it when he was head of the Irrigation Department.

The dam is part of a Bt350-billion flood management scheme proposed by the government aimed at overhauling the country’s water-management system in the wake of the great flood of 2011, which took hundreds of lives and caused massive economic damage.

During the crisis two years ago, seven industrial estates were submerged.

But Plodprasop insists that the water mass now is much less than in 2011. “Two years ago, we had to handle 25-30 billion cubic metres of water. This year, it’s less than 15,” he said.

Premier Yingluck Shinawatra admitted that she was worried about the flood threat to Saha Rattana Nakorn Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya, which was one of the seven badly flooded in 2011.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has warned more than 20 communities in the capital along stretches of the Chao Phraya, without floodwalls, to brace for possible overflow. The river has risen ominously lately.

“We have advised residents of these communities to move their belongings to higher ground,” said Sanya Chenimit, deputy city clerk.

With some sections of flood barriers starting to leak, officials are building temporary floodwalls with sandbags where necessary.

7 provinces flooded as rain continues

Posted by Rattana_S On September - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Tropical depression downgrades, few days of light rain forecast for Bangkok

At least seven provinces, mostly in the Northeast, are under water due to rain that has continued for several days under the influence of a tropical depression.

As of press time, the depression had downgraded to a low-pressure cell but was still expected to bring more downpours. With the cell reaching the Central region, Bangkok will also be hit with rain for the next few days.

Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said yesterday that 54 tambons in Surin, Kalasin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Phitsanulok, Ayutthaya and Angthong were under water.

“We have deployed rapid response teams to help the victims,” he said.

More than 7,000 residents in Si Sa Ket are now flooded, with Governor Prateep Keeratirekha saying Khun Han district has been hit the hardest.

In Surin, the Ban Truat School in Sri Narong district reported that water levels were rising so fast that some 20 students had been left stranded.

“The floodwater is over a metre high. Small vehicles can’t travel around anymore. So, we need to contact relevant authorities to provide a military truck that can give the children a safe ride home,” teacher Teetat Phuttiteerawong said.

The Meteorological Department has announced that the low-pressure cell hovering over the Central region will bring rain to Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya and Bangkok.

Nakhon Ratchasima has been hit with floods after a few days of heavy rain.

“Things happened so fast. At around 9am, a rush of water broke down the wall surrounding our housing estate and flood waters started rushing in,” Supoj Kongsupa, a board member of Krissada Garden Village, said yesterday.

Flood levels went well over the metre mark in an hour, forcing residents to call for help.

The Second Army Area sent in five military trucks to evacuate the stranded victims.

Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra, meanwhile, has assured Bangkokians that they should not worry about floods. “There’s no sign of a crisis,” he said.

Adisak Khantee, director of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administra-tion’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage, said Bangkok would continue being hit by rain over the next few days, but it would only be light.

“The areas hit by rain will also gradually reduce. Rain will cover 70 per cent of the capital over the weekend and then reduce to 60 per cent on Monday,” he said.

Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute director Royol Chitradon, who leads a subcommittee of the Water and Flood Management Commission, also said with flood-prevention measures taken since early this month, the situation in Bangkok should be under control.

Relevant authorities are now closely monitoring the storm Usagi, which is moving towards Hong Kong, to see if it will hit Thailand.

Heavy rains, floods and landslides predicted in Northeast

Posted by Rattana_S On September - 6 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Provinces in the Northeast, especially Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Beung Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu and Loei, have been warned to brace for heavy rains, floods and landslides until Saturday, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Phromlert said yesterday. Residents in need of help can call the 1784 hotline round the clock, he added.

In Buri Ram’s Satuk district, Natkhanet Worakraipanyapong, chief of the tambon Nong Yai Administrative Organisation, said a rainstorm on Wednesday night completely destroyed three homes and partially damaged some 100 houses as well as a local school and temple. The storm also felled 50 trees and 10 power poles, leading to a blackout. No injuries or deaths have been reported.

In Phitsanulok’s Muang district, many trees were uprooted by strong winds and rain on Wednesday night including a 60-year-old rain tree that fell onto a parked pickup truck at the home of a Chinese Cemetery official. Also, the roofing tiles of a house in Nittaya Housing Estate were blown away, forcing the homeowner Okom Sributtra to flee with her two sons.

Three provinces still struggling with floods

Posted by Rattana_S On July - 25 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Floods continued in the provinces of Chanthaburi, Trat and Nakhon Ratchasima yesterday, affecting hundreds of residents.

Downtown Chanthaburi was submerged in up to a metre of water and authorities warned it would rise further. Schools in flood-hit areas in the province have been ordered shut until Friday as a precaution.

Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), reported yesterday that more than 1,000 families in Chanthaburi’s Muang, Makham, Khlung, Tha Mai, Laem Sing and Kaeng Hang Maew districts were affected and that 200 residents had been evacuated.

In Trat’s Muang, Khao Saming and Laem Nhop districts up to 92 homes were hit by as much as 50cm-deep floods, while in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Muang and Bua Yai districts 465 households had been affected, he said. Water in Nakhon Ratchasima has subsided and the roads are passable, Chatchai added. DDPM officials in the region have been dispatched with tools to speedily drain the floodwater, help the affected residents and assess the damage for compensation, he added.

In Ranong, days of heavy rain caused a metre-deep, 50-metre-long crack on the surface of the still under-construction four-lane Phetch Kasem Highway early yesterday.

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