Thailands Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Wednesday reported flooding is ongoing in 24 provinces and that total fatalities have now hit 130 persons, with two persons still missing since the country was majorly impacted by tropical storm Nock-Ten on July 25.
Flooding in many provinces is still worrying and is likely to intensify. In Chai Nat, earthen flood protection dykes in the provincial seat collapsed, letting floodwater to flow into residential areas, commercial buildings, a school, resorts and farmlands. The towns elderly, handicapped and children were evacuated.
Local authorities are assessing damage and cooperated with agencies concerned to repair the flood prevention embankments.In Uthai Thani, government offices and houses are submerged. Only heavy and large vehicles, tractors and lorries, were used to carry civil servants and local people.
The Uthai Thani Juvenile and Family Court has closed from Sept 21 to 30 due to high flood level. In Phitsanulok, flooding has extended in the provincial seat and many roads are impassible. Some local residents moved to stay at the roadsides with their pets.In Lopburi, farmers harvested their paddy prematurely otherwise their crop would be totally destroyed by the flood. In the Northeast, the flood situation in many provinces is critical. In Chaiyaphum, floods in ten districts began become foul.
The number of patients with dengue fever, athlete’s foot, H1N1 flu and Leptospirosis has increased.The Department of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation warned local residents in the North, Northeast particularly at foothills, in low-lying areas and near waterways to beware of heavy rain, flash flood and mudslide this week. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday met with agencies concerned to discuss and resolve the flood problem and to follow His Majesty the King’s advice to divert flood water to sea.