Ministry places all provinces hit by rains on flood and landslide alert


The Ministry of Interior today placed all the country’s provincial offices on flood and landslide alerts after floodings and mudslides were reported in many areas affected by the seasonal monsoon rains.


All governors in areas affected by rains are ordered to coordinate and cooperate with local government organizations to prepare for the natural disasters and to work out prevention in areas where landslides occurring repeatedly, and get ready to assist affected people around the clock.

Several provinces in the North, Northeast and the South were affected by floodings and landslides this week.

In Chiang Mai, a Myanmar worker was washed away by flash flood and several houses were damaged by landslides in Mae Rim district after several hours of downpour.

The mudslide also blocked a road to a village.

In Wiengsa district of Nan Province, heavy rain caused water in several creeks to overflow its banks and flooded a school in Ban Nam Pua community.

The water level is over 60 centimetres high and it damaged teaching materials and equipment.

The damage cost is estimated at more than 500,000 baht.

Over 50 houses have been inundated, forcing local residents to travel by boat to ask for assistance.

In Phitsanulok, heavy downpour for many hours also inundated the municipal area with up to 50 centimetres deep floodwater.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, more than 1,500 rais of paddy fields are inundated by floods

In Krabi to the South, rainstorm blown down a big teak tree on Phetkasem Road, paralyzing traffic.

About five kilometre long line of vehicles was obstructed by the tree.

Officials spent several hours to saw off the tree and open the highway to traffic again late yesterday.

The Meteorological Department forecasts heavy rains today in some provinces namely Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Tak, Lamphun, Loei, Nong Khai, Bung Kan, Nong Bua Lampoo, Udon Thani, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Trat, Ranong and Phang Nga.