Floods continue to wreak havoc on many provinces

As floods continue to wreak havoc on many provinces in the North, Northeast and Central, the Meteorological Department says monsoon rains are on declining trend.

It said today that monsoon are now on declining trend, but heavy to very heavy rains are still anticipated over the next 24 days in some areas in the North and the Southwest.

People in these areas are warned of possible dangers from heavy rains and accumulated rainwater.

For Bangkok and perimeters, it forecast rains in 60% of areas today.

Areas of the north and central region have continued to face flood conditions with runoff hitting 2 districts of Chiang Mai province, damaging a school and severing roadways.

In Phayao province, the Ping River has burst through a flood barricade in Muang district and flooded local crops. The 34th Military Circle has responded to the deluge and dispatched soldiers to aid in repairs.

Local reservoirs have been reported as holding 76 million cubic meters of water despite a maximum capacity of 33.8 million. Nonetheless, it is expected that if rains taper off the situation will return to normal. Phayao Governor Prajon Prachayasakul has led the passing out of necessity items to those affected by flooding.

More than 300 homes in Muang district were flooded under one meter of water due to forest runoffs and massive water released from the Fai Thung Kong reservoir.

In Chiang Mai, up to 15 buildings of Panya Den International School were flooded with damages to equipment and supplies estimated at no less than 40 million baht in value.

Chiang Mai Governor Pawin Chamniprasas inspected flooded areas and ordered urgent aid for all impacted.

In Phitsanulok, heavy rains caused a four-meter-wide, three-meter-deep sinkhole at a local village in Bang Ragam district. More sinkholes are likely to occur on the Bang Ragam-Lan Krabue road.

Meanwhile massive volume of water from Phichit and Phetchabun flowed downstream to Chao Phraya River, causing the water level to rise and overflowing its banks in Nakhon Sawan’s Krok Phra district.

More than 600 homes and a road were flooded under 1-2 meters of water.

In the Northeast, the water level in the Chi River is rising in Maha Sarakham’s Muang district and oveflowing banks on Wednesday to submerge more than 100 homes were flooded, and large farmlands lands were damaged.

In Kantharawichai district, more than 100 homes were cut off, because the water level in Chao Phraya River was high. In Sappaya district, the river overflowed its banks flooding local communities. The floodwater was one meter deep.

In Bangkok, governor Asawin Kwanmuang visited communities situated near a 10-kilometer-long floodwall along the Chao Phraya River and instructed officials to ensure effective water management.

He assured that Bangkok will not be affected by floods.

He said the BMA has erected a 2.5-meter-high, 9-kilometer-long sandbag wall at areas near the river where a permanent embankment cannot be built to prevent flooding.

But he said still 18 local communities and 430 households could be flooded.

He added that the BMA is working on plans to help people in preparation for possible floods on October 14-18.