23 die in floods in 25 provinces: Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department

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BANGKOK, Oct 1 – Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department announced as of today that 23 persons are dead from the floods in 25 of the country’s 77 provinces.

Over 2.8 million persons in 810,000 households and more than 200 districts countrywide have been affected by flooding.

About 15,000 persons from 4,400 households in Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket provinces had to evacuate their homes.

According to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, seven provinces where flooding has lessened are Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Kalasin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son.

In the central province of Ayutthaya, communities along the Chao Phraya, Pa Sak, Lopburi and Noi Rivers in eight districts–Bang Ban, Sena, Phak Hai, Bang sai, Bang Pa-in, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Tha Ruea, and Nakhon Luang–are now flooded.

About 97,000 persons from almost 30,000 households are affected by the floods which are one to two metres deep.

Tha Ruea district is expected to experience another metre of higher water level as a result of Pasak Chonlasit Dam which is speeding up draining water overflowing from its spillway.

Meanwhile, the meteorological department reported that typhoon “Wutip” which arrived across the middle South China Sea made landfall over Hue, Vietnam yesterday and downgraded to tropical storm and tropical depression. It prevailed over Thailand’s Nakhon Phanom province this morning and declined to low pressure cell later.

Isolated heavy rain and windy are expected over the eastern and upper northeastern provinces, including Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.