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Floods across Thailand kill 3, affect thousands of households

Caitlin Ashworth

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Floods from the wet season’s heavy rainfall over the past 2 weeks have killed 3 people and affected 63,672 homes across Thailand, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

33 provinces have been impacted by floods since October 7, the department says. While conditions have improved in 14 of the provinces, the flood levels in other 17 provinces are still high. Help is on the way to assist affected households and the department is working on how to drain the areas. They’re also getting an estimate on the damage done from the floods and plan to request financial assistance from the Finance Ministry.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, 20 homes in the Phimai district have been flooded for about a week and the water is now giving off a foul odour. Pumps are being used to drain the water into the district’s dam, but the dam is beyond its capacity and will soon need to release water to prevent another flood.

Provinces impacted from the floods: Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Sisaket, Buriram, Surin, Prachinburi, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Rayong, Uthai Thani, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi, Chainat, Singburi, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phang Nga, Krabi, Phuket, Trang, Satun and Songkhla.

Read more about Thailand’s wet season HERE.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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