PHUKET: Severe flooding has wreaked havoc and caused enormous damage across Thailand. Although Phuket is not among the 28 provinces currently on the radar of the national government’s new flood crisis ‘War Room’, monsoon rains are an ongoing threat here, despite the hiatus so far today.
The damage nationally:
- 30 provinces in all regions except the South (where Phuket lies) are inundated.
- 2.34 million people in over 760,000 homes have been hit.
- 253 people have been killed in flood-related accidents and four others are missing.
- Over 8.6 million rai of farmland has been damaged, with 9.9 million cattle and economic animals affected.
- Sections of 214 roads – 60 highways in 17 provinces, and 154 rural roads in 28 provinces – are under water.
- 12 provinces in the Central plains and Eastern Seaboard face the threat of heavy rain and overflowing rivers. The critical ones are Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat.
- Highways Department: 1586
- Railways: 1690
- Highway Police: 1193
- Medical help: 1669
- Disaster relief: 1784
Source: 24/7 Emergency Operations Centre for Floods, Storms and Landslides, Bangkok
Here in Phuket, mudslides have been the biggest threat, with scores of people currently evacuated along several stretches of the bypass road. The Phuket Gazette‘s latest update on that story is here.
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