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Offline Johnnie F.

Tropical depression headed for North, Northeast
« on: July 25, 2017, 10:06:39 PM »
The Meteorological Department has just reported that tropical storm “SONCA” made landfall over Dong Hoi, Vietnam at 4pm. It is moving westward slowly with maximum sustained wind about 65 km/hr. It is forecast to downgrade to tropical depression over Laos then move through northeastern Thailand.

Here are the Thai provinces that should be affected in some way over the next two days:

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Lop Buri, Saraburi, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat and Uthai Thani.

East: Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Sonca losing steam but flash floods, rain forecast
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2017, 12:17:16 PM »
The Meteorological Department (TMD) continued to warn people in several parts of the country to prepare for torrential rain as tropical storm Sonca claws its way toward Vietnam's coast from the South China Sea.

In its announcement issued Tuesday morning, the TMD said the eye of the storm was about 300 kilometres east of Nakhon Phanom in the Northeast and moving at low speed toward Vietnam's coast.

The storm was forecast to reach Hue, a city in central Vietnam, by Tuesday afternoon and then begin losing strength to become a tropical depression by the time it hits Laos, after which it is expected to move closer to the Northeast.

Heavy rain is forecast for all regions in Thailand.

The rain may trigger flash floods and floods caused by water overflowing river banks nationwide, the TMD said.

A strong southwest monsoon over the Andaman Sea and southern Thailand is continuing to whip up strong winds and torrential rain along the west coast of the South, it said.

Waves of up to three metres have been forecast in the region from Tuesday until Saturday, the weather agency said.

Small boats are being warned to refrain from venturing out to sea during this period.

In the Northeast province of Kalasin, at least 2,000 rai of paddy fields in Muang district have been flooded as river banks overflowed after being inundated by water from the Lam Pao dam.

A flash flood causing evacuations was reported in the early hours Tuesday in Phrae.

About 50 families in Ban Pak Pan in tambon Sai Yoi in Den Chai district were forced to evacuate after water in Pak Pan creek suddenly overflowed its banks and flooded their homes, said Col Chakkares Siriphong, commander of the 12th Cavalry Battalion in Den Chai.

He led a team of soldiers to rescue flood victims.

Thongsuk Bankhiew, 58, whose lives by the creek, said she didn't have time to pack her bags before the flood came and she had to flee.

Such heavy flooding has not been seen in recent years, she said, blaming the construction of a weir two years ago.

Although the floodwaters receded later, residents were being advised to stay on high alert.

Meanwhile, the 8th Royal Irrigation Office in Nakhon Ratchasima assured the public that the five dams in the province are capable of receiving more water.

Only three dams were more than half full as of Tuesday.

They were Lam Phra Ploeng dam (57.1% full) in Pak Thong Chai district, Lam Plai Mat dam (58.8%) in Soeng Sang district, and Lam Chae dam (51.4%) in Khon Buri district, said Chitchanok Somprasert, director of the irrigation office.

The other two dams, Lam Ta Khong in Sikhiu district and Lam Mun Bon in Khon Buri district, are 25.6% and 48.8% full, respectively, he said.

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Offline Johnnie F.

Tropical depression Sonca drenches Northeast
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2017, 09:33:49 AM »
Early reports of provinces receiving 70mm of rain or more from tropical depression Sonca included Ubon Ratchathani, Mahasarakham, Si Sa Ket, Roi Et, Khon Kaen, Surin and Mukdahan. As the rain continued those totals were sure to rise.

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More rains are expected -

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Emergency evacuations of at-risk groups amid flooding

AS HEAVY rains and flooding continued to pummel the country’s North and Northeast yesterday, elderly and sick people as well as children were evacuated on flat-bottom boats out of flood-hit communities in Tambon Bung Preu and Nong Wang in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Thepharak district.

Concerned about the regions’ heavy rains brought by tropical depression Sonca, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha instructed provincial governors in 15 at-risk provinces to mobilise available assistance for flood-affected residents and to expedite the draining of floodwater.

Several areas were under three-metre-deep floods, forcing Nakhon Ratchasima residents to climb onto their roofs while waiting for evacuation by officials and soldiers, said provincial disaster prevention and mitigation chief Suthep Reunthawil.

 Rainfall measuring 135 millimetres also hit Kaeng Sanam Nang district flooding many villages, while a large section of the road to Ban Khok Lam in Tambon Thung Sawang in Prathai district was submerged, marooning 174 households, while fish farms in Tambon Prathai had also been damaged.

In Ubon Ratchathani’s Muang district, residents of Wang Daeng community along the Mul River are living in tents set up along a road after being flooded out of their homes. Water levels in the Mul and Mekong rivers have risen significantly in the province, slowing the run-off of floodwater. 

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Re: Tropical depression - Worst flooding in Kalasin in 40 years
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2017, 12:01:37 PM »
Worst flooding in Kalasin in 40 years

Kalasin has its worst flooding in forty years, residents were evacuated and roads were paralyzed as water from a reservoir spilled into the city. reports


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Sakon Nakhon Flood

Flooding in Sakhon Nakhon remains critical

Flooding in Sakhon Nakhon province remains critical today (July 29) as water level in most residential and commercial areas is holding steady and remains high.

In some locations, water level is almost two metres high stranding residents at their homes and buildings.

His Majesty the King has ordered the setting up of a flood command centre at the Sakon Nakhon Provincial Administration to immediately assist people affected by flood.

The centre is called “We do good with our hearts”.

The centre is tasked to hand out aids to the troubled people immediately.

Food, water and other daily necessities will be handed out to needed people to primarily relieve their plights, while the private sector in the province and adjacent provinces will supply raw materials to cook food and distribute them to the  people.

Thai PBS news team inspected the Sakhon Nakhon municipal area Saturday morning (July 29) and found that although water level in many roads has slightly receded but flood situation remained critical.

Most roads are still impassable for small vehicles, particularly ITU road which is a major access to Sakon Nakhon hospital where 30-70 centimetres high level is holding steady. Only boats and big trucks can pass through the flood to the hospital.

Latest flood level by late this morning is measured at waist-deep.

Within the compound of the hospital, water level is 15-20 centimetres high.

The hospital remains open today and hospital staff have placed chairs as a bridge from the hospital main entrance to an outpatient building to facilitate people visiting the hospital.

As the water receded today, some outpatients and relatives stranded at hospital yesterday have decided to leave by travelling on military trucks.

Meanwhile, stranded relatives of inpatients are also suffering from food shortage as all foodshops inside  the hospital are closed.

Residents in the vicinities are now asking for donations of raw materials to cook food to feed the stranded people at the hospital.

So far, more than 43 residential communities are still flooded with water level of 1-2 metres, forcing authorities to use flat boats to evacuate people living in low-lying areas to higher ground places for safety.

Most residents said this year’s flooding was the worst in several years.

Although authorities have warned them to prepare for flood, but they didn’t expect the water will come so fast and so big, thus making them unable to evacuate in time.

Sakhon Nakhon governor Wittaya Chanchalong said authorities still needed to monitor the water level closely as flood water was still flowing down the Phuphan mountain range steadily.
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 More than 22,000 families in nine districts in Nakhon Ratchasima have been affected by floods caused by torrential rains unleashed by storm Sonca from Wednesday to Saturday, a senior official said.

Suthep Ruenthawil, chief of Nakhon Ratchasima Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said the floods affected the nine districts of Thepharak, Chumpuag, Sida, Bualai, Kaeng Sanam Nang, None Daeng, Dan Khunthod, Bua Yai and Pratai.

He said the floods inundated 45,442 rai (7271 hectares) of farmland, four fishponds, 69 roads, and three factories. The floods also damaged five bridges, one rice silo, four irrigation dykes and eight flood embankments.

He said 22,122 families in 391 villages and nine communities in 45 tambon of the nine districts were affected.

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One more day of rain forecast for Northeast

Isolated heavy rainfall is likely in the upper Northeast today as the active low pressure area remaining from tropical depression "Sonca" has covered the region, together with neighbouring Laos, the Thai Meteorological Department announced on Sunday morning.

People in the Northeast are advised to brace for possible flash floods for one more day.

In the South, waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand are expected to be 2-3 metres high. All vessels should proceed with caution, and small boats should stay ashore on Sunday, the bulletin warned.

Tropical storm "Nesat" is now over the southern coast of China.  Travellers are advised to check weather conditions before departure.  This tropical storm is not expected to affect Thailand, the department said.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression over the area southwest of Taiwan has been upgraded to tropical storm "Haitang."  Like Nesat, it is unlikely to influence the weather in Thailand.
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Re: Tropical depression headed for North, Northeast
« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2017, 01:52:10 PM »
one more day /  but the fat lady has not sung yet / watch this space  :-[
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Re: Tropical depression headed for North, Northeast
« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 02:39:26 PM »
one more day /  but the fat lady has not sung yet / watch this space  :-[
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Cavalry arrives for 700 flood-stranded families in Nakhon Ratchasima

Soldiers came to the rescue of about 700 families in a flood-stricken village in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province on Wednesday.

Troops from the 23rd Infantry Regiment and Wing Command 1 delivered food, beverages and other essentials to Ban None Ngiew in Prathai district’s Tambon Taladsai.

The soldiers arrived in boats and in trucks large enough to get through floodwaters that have otherwise closed down the road to the village, stranding residents.
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Northeast braces for more rain as reservoirs strained

Water-management efforts focus on region amid concerns that run-off could worsen situation.

THE GOVERNMENT’S water-management efforts are being focused on the heavily-flooded Northeast, where at least one-third of the reservoirs have been overwhelmed by water volume.

“The Northeastern region gets the priority because it has now borne the brunt of the inundation, and the water level in its reservoirs has continued to rise,” Royal Irrigation Department deputy director-general Thongplew Kongjun said yesterday.

Nine out of 12 flooded provinces are in the Northeast.

“Of 265 reservoirs in the region, about 100 are full or almost full. They will need to discharge water before the end of this week,” Thongplew said.

He insisted that the reservoirs could not just hold the water because it was very likely that more rain would come.

“It is forecast that rain will continue throughout August,” he said.

In the northeastern province of Nong Khai, the Ban Non Yang Don Mek School will shut down between tomorrow and Friday in the face of rising floodwaters.

As of press time yesterday, the water inside the school was already 50 centimetres deep.

“After assessing the situation, I have ordered the temporary closure. The school sits in a low-lying area and floodwater will definitely rise over the next few days,” the school’s director Preecha Artharn said.

Nattanan Samakhan, a resident of Nong Khai’s Fao Rai district, said floodwaters had spread quickly and had submerged his paddy fields.

“I hope flooding will ease fast or else my crops will be ruined,” he said.

In another northeastern province, Nakhon Phanom, a bridge linking the Nong Yat and Na Kae areas has been closed to traffic because it has sustained serious flood damage.

Na Kae district chief Metha Chujan warned people in low-lying areas to move their belongings to higher ground.

In Chaiyaphum province, thousands of families were marooned amid metres-deep floodwaters. In Kalasin province, local residents said the ongoing inundation was the worst in three decades. In Sakon Nakhon, soldiers were busy trying to clear weeds that have clogged the Suraswadi water gate.

“We have already removed tonnes of weeds. But still, there are many more around gates two and three. Our tools cannot reach that part, and the clogged gates are unable to efficiently drain water,” Colonel Nutichart Rattanakarn said.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha will inspect Sakon Nakhon today to check flood-relief operations.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Prime Minister has raised its compensation for flood victims. The government has already approved payment of Bt5,000 to each affected family. The families of the 11 casualties in the floods will receive Bt50,000 each.

The government is also set to provide assistance for farmers whose land has been completely ravaged by floodwaters.

Last month, flooding hit more than 34 provinces in the country. Of them, 12 are still struggling with floodwaters.

As the rainy season continues, several Central provinces will have to watch out for overflowing waterways.

The Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat province is now releasing 1,400 cubic metres of water per second. Irrigation officials said the water level in the Chao Phraya River in downstream areas would increase by five to 10 centimetres. Some low-lying areas in Ayutthaya may be affected.
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Re: Tropical depression - Isaan faces more floods
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2017, 03:47:08 PM »
Isaan faces more floods

Officials assure locals they will get timely warnings

MORE RAINFALL has been predicted for already inundated swathes of the Northeast, while experts have urged authorities to issue immediate warnings to the public via all available channels if more flooding is possible.

Local disaster prevention and mitigation officials reassured residents that they have already prepared for heavy rain and further inundation. They insisted that people would be informed through real-time announcements via community broadcasting systems and social media.

 The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department yesterday issued alerts to local authorities on the risks of flash floods, overflowing rivers and mudslides in the North, Northeast, East and Southwest as torrential rain is expected from today to Sunday.

The warning triggered widespread fear of more flooding in submerged areas in the upper Northeast and left people worried about the warning system before the floodwaters rise.

Hannarong Yaowalers, chairman of the Thai-Water Partnership, said it was highly likely that there would be more flooding in the Northeast because the area was already soaked.

However, he was more concerned about the warning system, as the official warning statement was still too hard for people to understand and was not widely distributed.

“I noticed that the statement from the authorities is just a general forecast for the areas which will have heavy rain, but it does not specify the situation in detail, as a result people cannot prepare for the disaster,” he said.

Local authorities should summarise the warning statement into a practical disaster preparation plan for their community so that people can understand how big the risk of the coming disaster is and allow them to gear up for what’s to come, he said.

Authorities ‘ready’

Wichan Taenghin, head of the Kalasin Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said that the authorities are ready for more downpours this weekend and that local people would get an early warning if there were any risk of flooding.

“The Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office has already prepared all the vehicles and equipment to help people from the coming flood.

“We are also working closely with all agencies such as Irrigation Department and local authorities to exchange information and prepare a flood mitigation plan,” he said. “So, people do not have to worry as they will get early warning and real-time updates on the water situation on their local media.”

The warning will get to everyone soon enough to let them move their belongings to higher ground and evacuate to a safe area.

“We have close cooperation with the Irrigation Department and we have a meeting with them every morning, so we have updated information about the water level in reservoirs and the river, which lets us know the possible flood risk and warn people in time,” he said.

For the flood situation in the Northeast, Hannarong cautioned that more flooding was inevitable because waterways cannot take on more water, so agencies should work together and allocate some areas as flood retention ponds to reduce the severity of the flood.

“It is very important that authorities provide full and updated information to people, so they can avoid heavy damage to their property and risk to their safety,” he added.

According to the statement, the Northeast provinces of Nong Bua, Lamphun, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Roi Et, Kalasin, Yasothon, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani were warned about possible flash floods.

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Re: Tropical depression - Three Korat districts still flooded
« Reply #13 on: August 06, 2017, 03:07:30 PM »
Three Korat districts still flooded

Three districts of this northeastern province are still affected by the flooding that ravaged a total of 12 districts between July 26 and Aug 6, provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office chief Suthep Ruenthawil said on Sunday.

The three districts still affected by flooding are Prathai, Non Daeng and Muang Yang.

The nine districts where the flooding situation has eased are Thepharak, Chumphuang, Sida, Bua Lai, Bua Yai, Kaeng Sanam Nang, Dan Khun Thot, Phimai and Lam Thamen Chai.

From July 26 - Aug 6, 23,142 households in the 12 districts were affected by floods, which damaged 243 houses, 119 roads, five bridges, 15 weirs, three reservoirs, and 104,651 rai of farmland.

Chidchanok Somprasert, director of the 8th irrigation office, said rain brought by tropical depression Sonca has almost filled up the five dams in the province.

The volumes of water in the five dams are as follows:

- Lam Takhong Dam in Si Khiu district: 84 million cubic metres of water, 61% of the full capacity of 314 million cu/m;

- Mun Bon Dam in Khon Buri district: 74 million cu/m of water, 67% of the fulll capacity of 141 million cu/m;

- Lam Sae Dam in Khon Buri district: 155 million cu/m es of water, 56% of the full capacity of 275 million cu/m;

- Lam Phra Phloeng Dam in Pak Thong Chai district: 80 million cu/m of water, 52% of the full capacity of 155 million cu/m;

- Lam Plai Mat Dam in Soeng Sang district: 60 million cu/m of water, 60% of the full capacity of 98 million cu/m.
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