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Flood misery worsens in 35 of nation's provinces
« on: September 13, 2011, 12:02:45 PM »
Flood misery worsens in 35 of nation's provinces

Death toll reaches 82 with more than 570,000 people affected
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has warned local residents in river basins in 35 provinces to beware of flash floods, landslides and mountain runoff due to heavy rains in the next few days.

A child is helped to cross surging water on a makeshift bamboo bridge in Ban Huay Khom village of Nam Pat district, Uttaradit.

As flooding continues in 16 provinces, the death toll from this year's inundation has risen to 82 and more than 570,000 have been affected, said Srisombat Pornprasit, the department deputy chief.

He said heavy rains yesterday lashed 35 provinces in all five of the country's regions.

People living near hilly areas and waterways were told to take precautions against flash floods.

The 35 provinces at risk include Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit, Phetchabun, Lop Buri, Uthai Thani, Saraburi, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Mukdahan, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Satun.

Southerners in flood-prone areas in Satun, Trang, Songkhla and Phatthalung were also told to watch for landslides and mountain runoff over the next few days.

In Uttaradit province, eight villages in tambon Nam Phai in Nam Pat district, devastated by Friday's flash flood and mudslides, have been declared disaster areas. Five people have been found dead and two are still missing in the area.

Buddhist monks at a temple in Tak’s Mae Sot district row a boat after flood waters burst through a concrete dyke and inundated the area

Uttaradit governor Yothin Samutkhiri said he would ask the government for 200 million baht to rehabilitate flood victims and another 200 million baht to rebuild villages.

In Chumphon, heavy rainfall triggered a mudslide that blocked the road linking Chumphon and Ranong in tambon Paksong in Phato district for about six hours yesterday before a tractor was finally brought in to remove the mud.

In Satun, even though the rains let up yesterday morning, the flood waters covering seven districts failed to recede, as high sea tides swept into the province. Rescue workers used backhoes to move elderly people and children to safety.

Flooding in Trang has already affected a total of 1,518 people in Palian and Yan Ta Khao districts and Yan Ta Khao Ratchanupathum School was forced to close for two days.

More than 100 elephants are evacuated from WangChang Ayutthaya to temporary shelters after the Lop Buri and Pa Sak rivers overflowed and flooded their camp

In Pathum Thani's Muang district, local officials and border patrol officers worked together to build a levee along a road in Ban Krasaeng to protect the village after the Chao Phraya River breached another floodwall near the village.

The Chao Phraya's rising levels also caused the Rangsit canal to surge, inundating canal-side communities in the early hours of yesterday.

In Ayutthaya, more than 100 elephants from the Ayutthaya Elephant Kraal were evacuated to higher ground after the Lop Buri and Pha Sak rivers surged and flooded many communities and the kraal which is located near the two rivers.

In Chanthaburi, eight out of 10 districts in the province have been declared disaster areas. Rescue workers evacuated elderly people, the sick and children to safety. Water pumps were deployed to drain floodwaters from the municipality of Muang district.

A lorry lies on its side on the flooded Mittraphap Road. The flooding caused heavy traffic congestion from Muangdistrict to Nong Khae district in Saraburi.

Boonsanong Suchatpong, spokesman for the Department of Royal Irrigation, said that Sirikit dam in Uttaradit and the Bhumibol dam in Tak had begun discharging water because they were nearly full.

''We will do our best and exercise maximum caution in water management to minimise the impact on residents,'' he said.

The department expects the floods to ebb by the end of next month, he said.

Mr Boonsanong noted that the country still lacks efficient measures to manage its water. Each year, the country faces a 20 billion cubic metre water shortage, which is a mere fraction of the 1.16 trillion cubic metres of river water that flows into the sea annually.

Soldiers carry a 98-year-old woman who was hurt in a fall and sustained severe injuries to her arm. They waded through a waterwayin Ban Huay Khom village after floods destroyed a local bridge in Nam Pat district of Uttaradit.

Soldiers build a bridge to replace one washed away by run off in Ban Ton Khanoon village of Nam Pat district, Uttaradit.

Soldiers use a sniffer dog to help locate bodies at a landslide site in Ban Ton Khanoon village of NamPat district, Uttaradit.

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