Thailand kämpft gegen Hochwasser (E)

Bangkok, 01.10.2013 – Twenty-three people were confirmed dead in the floods now affecting 25 Thai provinces, the Disaster Prevention and and Mitigation Department reported on Tuesday.

A total of 11,158 villages in 225 districts of these provinces have been hit by floods since Sept 27, affecting 2,802,512 people of 817,290 households, the department said. Some 15,254 people of 4,416 households in Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani have been evacuated to higher grounds for safety reasons. However, floodwater had receded in Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Kalasin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phayao and Mae Hong Son, according to the department.

In Ayutthaya, a total of 584 villages in 99 tambons of Ayutthaya’s 8 districts have been hit by floods, affecting 97,324 people, Ayutthaya provincial disaster prevention and mitigation office reported on Tuesday.

As many as 29,140 houses, 34 temples, one mosque, 27 schools and four state office building compounds in the central province were affected by floodwater 1-2 metres deep, the office said.

In the East, a two-hour downpour had triggered flash flooding on roads in the resort city of Pattaya on Monday night. At some points, the floodwater level was as deep as one metre, impassable for small vehicles.

It was reported the situation in Pattaya has now returned to normal. Source: Bangkok Post