Oct 28, 2013
Floods continue to disrupt the lives of around 500,000 people in 60 districts of 15 provinces, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Monday.
Of the affected provinces, the department’s director-general Chatchai Promlert said Chachoengsao is in critical state while Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, and Buri Ram are moderately inundated with water.
Provinces with less worrying floods include Ayutthaya, Nakhon Nayok, Khon Kaen, Si Sa Ket, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, and Lopburi.
Mr Chatchai said flooding had struck 360 districts in 47 provinces since Sept 17, affecting about 4 million people, or 6.29% of the country’s population.
Torrents of water had ravaged 31,523 homes, 6,078 roads, and about 3.6 million rai of agriculture plots, he said. A total of 80 people have been killed in flood-related incidents.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered the Ministry of Interior to compensate flood victims and restore damaged properties in flood-hit provinces with the help of military and public agencies.