Flood warning for central provinces until Sunday, flooding in 32 provinces

Flooding still persists in 16 provinces while heavy rainfall and more flood are expected throughout the country over the coming days, Thai authorities said on Thursday.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said the flooding, mostly in the central region, had spread to 32 provinces and 7,628 villages with 299,704 affected households since tropical storm Tien Mou passed through Thailand on September 23.

Nine people have died including six in Lopburi, two in Phetchabun and one in Chai Nat.

They said the situation has improved in 16 provinces but there is still flooding in 16 provinces.

The Thai Meteorological Department expects more rain throughout the country and high waves in the Gulf of Thailand from a tropical depression in the South China Sea between October 7 and 11.

Tropical storm Lionrock is also expected to enter Vietnam next week which will lead to heavy rain in the northeast of Thailand between October 11 and 13.

The DDPM now warned of floods in 22 provinces over the coming days including:

North

Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani

Northeast

Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Roi Et, Yasothon, Surin, Sisaket and Ubon Ratchathani

Central

Chai Nat, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, and Pathum Thani

Ongoing Situation

People living near the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani were put on alert from rising water levels between October 7 and 10. The National Water Command Centre (NWCC) expects the water level on the river to rise by 30-50 centimeters.

The NWCC also warned of possible flash floods and landslides in Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Chanthaburi, Trat, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

People living near the Mun River in four provinces including Buriram, Surin, Roi Et and Sisaket were warned of river floods as the river is expected to rise by 50 centimeters to one meter between October 8 and 11.

People living near the Phetchaburi River and Tapi River in Surat Thani were warned of river floods.

People living near reservoirs including Lam Ta Pearn Reservoir and Phu Takhian Reservoir in Kanchanaburi, Huai Mahat Reservoir in Ratchaburi, Sai Ngam Reservoir in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Khlong Ya Reservoir and Khlong Haeng Reservoir in Krabi were warned of possible overflowing as the water levels in these reservoirs are now over 80 per cent of the capacity.

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