Seven provinces still flooded

The Chao Phraya Dam continues to discharge water at a rate of 1,500 cubic metres per second on Wednesday. (Photo by Chudate Seehawong)

Areas of seven provinces are still affected by the flooding that has hit much of the country since last month, affecting at least 1.8 million people, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

The torrential rain brought by tropical storms Talas and Sonca triggered flash floods in 44 provinces between July 5 and Aug 15.

A total 609,425 families at 14,105 villages in 302 districts were affected, and 36 people died as a consequence of flooding, Chatchai Promlert, the director-general of the department,said on Wednesday.

About 1.51 million rai of agricultural land and 149.4 rai of fisheries were damaged by the flooding, along with 2,574 houses, 2,401 roads and 8,753 weirs, he said.

As of Wednesday, the waters had receded in 39 provinces, but five remained flooded – Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast and Ayutthaya in the Central Plain, Mr Chatchai said.

There was a second outbreak of flooding between Aug 12 and Aug 22 in eight provinces – four in the South: Trang, Satun, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Krabi; three in the North: Phichit, Nan and Chiang Rai; and Trat in the East.

A total of 8,184 families were affected and three lives were lost.

The floods had receded in six provinces, but parts of Satun and Phichit were still affected, he said.

Northern runoff flowing through Phichit and Kamphaeng Phet into the Chao Phraya Dam reservoir was measured at 1,818 cubic metres per second at Jiraprawat camp water station on Tuesday.

This caused the water level in the upper section of the reservoir in tambon Bang Luang of Chai Nat’s Sapphaya district to rise by 20cm.

The dam on Wednesday continued to discharge water at a rate of 1,500 cu/m per second.

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