Floods persist in 25 Thai provinces


BANGKOK, Oct 13— 25 provinces are still flooded, while inundation in 17 other provinces has been easing, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Director-general Chartchai Promlert said on Sunday that the flooding situation has eased in 17 provinces: Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Lampang, Kamphaeng Phet, Uthai Thani, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Amnat Charoen, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Ranong, Yasothon, Nakhon Sawan, Chanthaburi, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.

Meanwhile, the ongoing floods which continue in 25 other provinces have affected more than 337,000 households.

As of Sunday, the death toll from floods has reached 42.

Mr Chartchai said that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was concerned about flood victims. He added that the premier instructed the department to work closely with all relevant agencies to speed up assisting affected residents and providing food supplies to them.

In provinces where the situation has eased, officials were urged to survey damages of houses and agricultural land as well as to conclude the criteria about flood relief measures and compensation for affected victims.

In a related development, Thai Meteorological Department today issued a warning about the typhoon ‘Nari’ which is expected to make landfall in Vietnam on Oct 15-16 and then downgrade to a tropical storm and then tropical depression.

Thailand’s northeastern region was warned of possible light to moderate rainfall with strong winds.