Flooding continues to afflict eight provinces

A bird’s-eye view of flooding in Kalasin province on Sunday (photo by Yongyut Pupuangpet)

Flooding remains in eight provinces, mostly in the Northeast, and has affected 1.8 million people and damaged 3.9 million rai of farmland over the past month.

Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said on Sunday that rain-related flooding existed in the seven northeastern provinces of Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Ubon Ratchathani, and Yasothon.

The other province was Ayutthaya in the Central Plain, which absorbed huge discharges of water from the Chao Phraya dam in Chai Nat province.

Severe flooding was in Nakhon Phanom and Kalasin provinces.

Nakhon Phanom was hit by both heavy rain and runoff water from Sakon Nakhon. Floodwater covered 11 districts of Nakhon Phanom, affected nearly 65,000 people and damaged almost 187,000 rai of farmland.

In Kalasin, five districts were inundated and almost 45,000 people were affected.

Flooding in the previously hard-hit province of Sakhon Nakhon shrank to three districts, affecting 137 people.

Mr Chatchai said that floodwater was receding in Roi Et, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon provinces and should disappear in 4-5 days.

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