Super Soaker: Thai south in for a wettening – and possible floodening

Provinces in the Thai south and east are being warned to expect heavy rain with possible flooding beginning next week.

Heavy rain is expected to hit 14 provinces starting Oct. 15, with preparations being made to ready flood-relief infrastructure and notify residents by relevant authorities in the at-risk areas.

Relevant agencies “have been assigned to relocate their machinery and equipment into flood-risk areas to prevent difficulties, especially in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, and Songkhla, which could be most affected,” water resources secretary general Somkiat Prajamwong said.

Other provinces likely affected will be Chonburi, Chantaburi, and Trat in the east; Phetchaburi and Prachuap Khiri Khan in the southwest; and Surat Thani, Chumphon, Ranong, and Trang in the south.

Bangkok will be warm with highs of about 32C and some showers.

The situation has been improving in the flood-ravaged northeast, particularly in Ubon Ratchathani province, which was devastated by flooding most of last month. A recent government survey found that just more than 16,000 homes were damaged. Water levels are receding in the primary outlet, the Mun River, with water levels falling 1.5 meters below its banks to signify a return to normal by the end of the month.

Earlier this month, the cabinet approved THB2.28 billion (US$73 million) in flood relief funds to repair roads in areas hit by two tropical storms in late August and early September. It will be used to repair hundreds of roads and damaged infrastructure, as well as compensate affected households.

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Throughout the crisis, it’s been private citizens winning praise for their efforts rather than the government, such as actor Bin Bunlueritr, who collected and distributed hundreds of millions of baht to flood victims, and freelance photographer Sitthichai Ekkapan, for building makeshift shelters for abandoned animals.


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