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Southern Thailand hit by flash floods

First it was flooding in central and northeast Thailand. And now the country’s south has been hit.

Here’s the front page of today’s Bangkok Post, which includes an image of flooding in the southern Thailand city of Hat Yai:

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From the accompanying story:

Rescuers have struggled to get help to thousands of people stranded in their homes after three days of heavy rain triggered a massive flash flood that knocked down power poles and cut communications in Hat Yai city.

Officials said tens of thousands of people were trapped yesterday in the southern commercial hub which is facing its worst-ever flood crisis.

Torrential rains since Monday caused by a depression in the Gulf of Thailand engulfed Hat Yai municipality and many other areas of the South.

Many districts are under as much as three metres of water. One resident has been electrocuted during the flooding.

And here’s a closer look at weather patterns in the region — a larger image is here.

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(All emphasis mine.)

(Screen captures via @RichardBarrow, who is tweeting images and updates on the situatuion.)

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Bangkok Thailand

Thailand flooding update: death toll rises to 100; allegations of corruption in relief spending

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Here’s an AFP story from Saturday: Death toll from Thai floods hits 100:

The death toll from severe floods in Thailand has risen to 100, including at least three foreigners, although the waters have receded in some areas, officials said on Saturday.

Six more people have died in the disaster, which began on October 10, the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand said in its daily update.

Among them was a 38-year-old Dutchman, named as Harald Vusser, who was electrocuted or drowned in Ayutthaya province just north of Bangkok on Friday, it said.

Local media reported he was helping his Thai wife move her belongings to a dry place.

The other foreign victims were a 44-year-old Cambodian woman who was killed in a mudslide earlier this month on Koh Chang island in Trat province, and a two-year-old Burmese boy who drowned in Phathum Thani.

Authorities said 22 of Thailand’s 76 provinces were still flooded, while the waters had receded in 16 others.

And there’s this, about Bangkok:

Bangkok has been on standby with thousands of sandbags and pumps as flood water from the north runs downstream and could coincide with high tide.

So far the capital has avoided major flooding, although more than 1000 homes along the Chao Phraya have been partially submerged.

Another story to have emerged in recent days is this one, from Saturday’s Bangkok Post: Graft agency checks flood cash:

A graft busting agency will step up its investigations into claims of corruption in the relief effort as billions of baht pour into flood-ravaged provinces.

Ampol Wongsiri, deputy secretary-general of the Public Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), yesterday said five teams of investigators would head to flood-hit provinces to ensure transparency in flood relief spending.

Their focus will be on provinces that require funds of 50-100 million baht as emergency assistance for flood victims.

A recent PACC investigation found that less than 10% of disaster relief funds reached those in need.

For more, see this Siam Voices post: Flood relief opens new opportunities for corrupution.

And just a reminder: previous posts about Thailand flooding are here.

(All emphasis mine.)

Image: Bangkok Post.

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Bangkok Thailand

Thailand flooding: death toll rises to 68

MCOT reports that the death toll in ongoing flooding here in Thailand has risen to 68:

The Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand on Thursday reported a total death toll of 68 from this month’s flooding, including 54 men and 14 women in 19 provinces Oct 10-28.

The highest number of deaths was recorded at 11 each in Lop Buri and Nakhon Sawan provinces and nine deaths in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Here’s some raw video — embedded below — of the flooding, courtesy of Thai network MCOT via CNN:

For historical perspective, embedded below is some footage that I understand depicts flooding here in Bangkok in 1942:

Meanwhile, if you’re interested in donating to help victims, the Bangkok Post has published account numbers for various groups providing relief.

(1942 video via @suthichai and @babyfishie.)

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Thailand

Map of Bangkok flooding embankments

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Here’s a map of flooding embankments in Bangkok, courtesy of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, via today’s Bangkok Post. Full story and larger map are here. So far the city has not suffered major damage.

Here’s an AP story with the latest details. More info — mostly in Thai — is available at ThaiFlood.com and the government’s official site, www.pm.go.th/flood/.

Here’s a Google Map of the flooding throughout the country, embedded below.


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And the Twitter hashtag, of course, is #thaiflood.

Previous posts on the subject are here.

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Bangkok Thailand

Thailand flooding: Death toll rises to 41; parts of Bangkok near Chao Phraya river evacuated

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Widespread flooding continues in northeast and central Thailand — and now parts of Bangkok near the Chao Phraya river have been flooded, as well. The death toll has risen to 41, with more than 2 million people affected.

Al Jazeera English: “Floods prompt Bangkok evacuation

Residents living near the main river that passes through the Thai capital Bangkok have been evacuated due to fears that the Chao Phraya could overflow following two weeks of flooding that has claimed at least 38 lives across the country.

Bangkok Post: “Flood relief gets a boost as damage tops B10bn

The government is planning to ease spending regulations and set up a relief centre as damage from the flooding tops 10 billion baht.

…and: “Flood toll rises to 41

At least 41 people have died in heavy flooding in 16 provinces since Oct 10, the National Institute of Emergency Management (NIEM) reported on Monday.

And earlier, The Nation had this: “Evacuation set to start

A plan has been drawn up to evacuate residents from riverside communities in 13 districts as the flood crisis intensified in Bangkok yesterday.

For ongoing info, see the #thaiflood hashtag on Twitter.

Previously: Here’s the Thailand flooding Google Map, and earlier posts are here and here.

Image: Bangkok Post.