Thailand - Extensive Flooding

6 Oct 11

Since June, the monsoon season has been getting steadily worse with more than the usual number of typhoons hitting Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia this year. These typhoons generally affect the North/North-east of Thailand and so far Thailand has had to contend with Nok-ten and the recent tropical depression, Haitang and now tropical storm, Nalgae. As a result, reservoirs are filled to capacity.

Unfortunately over 200 people have been killed as a result of the current monsoon floods with water inundating 58 of Thailand's 77 provinces. This year's rice crop has been threatened as nearly three million acres of farmland are under water. Water is also lapping at the walls of Buddhist temples in the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, a World Heritage Site and officials are struggling to drain water from one of the ancient city's best known temples, Wat Chaiwatthanaram, after a makeshift dyke on the Chao Phraya river was breached.1 The main problems appear to be in areas that have not flooded in the past 20 years, mainly due to failure of a sluice gate in Singburi province (which is being repaired). However, Thailand's Irrigation Department officials have commented that water levels are unlikely to fall until mid November.

Chiang Mai did sustain considerable flooding but the flood water has now receded. So far Bangkok has largely been spared major flooding as flood protections in the capital are efficient after being improved significantly in the late 1990's. The Saharattanakorn Industrial Estate flooded late on 4.10.2011 inundating all 43 factories to a depth of 2 metres and water is also affecting Chainat, Singburi Lopburi and Ayudhaya provinces at present.

Our experienced CAT team members are now in the affected regions so please don't hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.

Gareth Sampson
Mob: +6681 754 7748

Jakkrit Khaosa-ard
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Rob Williams
Mob: +65 9780 9718


1             BBC News, 5 October 2011

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