Thailand faces flooding in many areas


SI SA KET, July 23 –  Various provinces in several Thai regions, especially here in the northeast, have been hit by natural disaster, with some underwater.

Si Sa Ket governor Prateep Kiratilekha has inspected flooding in four Benchalak district villages, after heavy downpours hampered access to the area for several days, causing the water level to rise considerably.

In some areas the water was as high as 3 metres, prompting the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) to cut off power from the district as a safety precautions.

In the meantime, local disaster response officials have worked with the 23rd Army Ranger Regiment to provide assistance to flood victims.

Mahasarakham Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office chief Sitthipol Sa-ngium said although the province is seeing continuous rainfall, the province’s 17 reservoirs face water shortages, with overall capacity now standing at only 21.48 per cent of their 81.42 million cubic metres.

Meanwhile, in the north, Nan disaster Nitiwat Nitinantharn inspected a 200-metre crack in Bo Kluea district fearing that the continuing downpours could increase the chance of landslides in the area.

The disaster director ordered his staff to closely monitor the situation around the clock and to prepare to provide immediate assistance to the public in case of emergency.