Thailand flooding update

Update: BBC News also has a story today:

Severe floods in southern Thailand have killed 53 people, officials say, as rains begin to ease after two weeks.

The unseasonably wet weather has inundated 10 provinces, affecting two million people and forcing more than 40,000 to flee their homes.

Thousands of roads and bridges and hundreds of buildings have been damaged, and swathes of land remain swamped by flood waters.

The cabinet has allocated 6.13bn baht (£120m) to help flood victims.

Many of those killed were swept away by flash floods or buried in mudslides caused by the unseasonable downpours.

One person is missing in Nakhon Si Thammarat, one of the worst-hit provinces, the public health ministry said.

Today’s Bangkok Post: Floods receding, death toll 53:

he floodwaters in eight afflicted southern provinces have begun to recede, but the confirmed death toll has risen to 53, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said on Tuesday.

Mr Jurin was speaking during his visit to the Khirirat hospital in Surat Thani’s Khirirat district.

He said the floods in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Trang, Songkhla, Phangnga and Krabi had begun to subside and the situation was expected to return to normal soon.

However, the water level in Phunphin district of Surat Thani was still high.


Thailand flooding update

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New York Times: “Thailand Mounts Rescue Effort After Powerful Storms”

The Thai government sent its only aircraft carrier to rescue stranded residents and tourists on Thursday after unseasonable storms inundated six southern provinces and offshore islands, killing at least 17 people and stranding thousands more.

Torrential rains, floods, mudslides and rough seas swamped seaside villages in the past week and trapped local and foreign tourists on islands in the region, a prime resort area. One official said that about a million people had been affected.

Until the rains began to ease Thursday, storms and rising waters had forced the closing of three airports and cut off road and rail links in the region. Islands in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea were inaccessible as ferries were canceled.

Flights were resuming at airports on Thursday, and the weather bureau forecast that the rain would stop this weekend. Flights to the island of Koh Samui were reported to be operating normally and clearing up a backlog of stranded passengers.

Bangkok Post: 1,000 villagers cut off from aid

About 1,000 people in four villages in flood-ravaged Nakhon Si Thammarat province remain completely cut off from rescuers.

Most of the trapped people, who are without aid and electricity, live in hillside areas of Nop Phi Tham district.

Communications have been knocked down, making it impossible to assess the situation. There are reports of mudslides.

The Post also has this story: “Rain, winds abating on Koh Samui”

Rain and wind are easing in Samui, which now faces the challenge of draining flooded streets, fixing damaged infrastructure and restoring confidence among tourists.

Ramnate Chaikwang, mayor of Koh Samui, said 80% of the island is back to normal.

Electricity poles and communication lines are being fixed.

And: “730,000 rai of farms submerged; Related industries, tourism also hard hit”

Farmers will pay a heavy price for the floods now ravaging much of the South, as more than 730,000 rai of agricultural land are already inundated and the affected area is increasing.

Heavy storms, flooding and mudslides have blocked many roads in southern provinces, forcing temporary shutdowns for many seafood exporters that cannot get their products out or receive raw materials.

The tourism industry is also feeling a big pinch, with many hotels and beach resorts, especially in Krabi and Surat Thani provinces, only half full, very unusual for the hot season.

(Emphasis mine.)

(Image: Bangkok Post.)


Thailand flooding: maps and details

Note: This post is from March, 2001. For more posts about flooding in Thailand as of Sept./Oct., 2011, see the Thailand Flooding tag.

First, here are maps of the affected areas, as these seem to be in high demand. This is from the Bangkok Post:

2011 03 31 krabi map

And there’s this more detailed graphic, from the Nation:

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The details:

AP: “Floods trigger southern Thai landslides; 15 dead.”

Southern Thailand faced more torrential rain after heavy downpours caused at least 15 deaths and forced the Thai navy to help evacuate hundreds of tourists stranded on some of the country’s famous resort islands.

Reuters: “Flooding in Thailand kills 21, strands thousands”

Severe flooding and mudslides in southern Thailand have killed 21 people, stranded thousands of tourists and threatened to delay shipments of rubber in the world’s largest rubber-producing country, authorities said on Wednesday.

Trains to the region have been cancelled and three airports have been shut, including one on the popular island of Koh Samui. As well as Koh Samui, foreign tourists have also been stuck at resorts in Krabi and Koh Phangan.

Bangkok Post: “Krabi mudslides kill 3 villagers; Death toll from southern storms and floods hits 15.”

At least 3 people have been killed and six others are reported missing as mudslides swept away villages and heightened the southern flooding crisis. The overall death toll has risen to at least 15.

Mountain run-off and landslides hit villages in tambon Na Khao in Krabi’s Khao Phanom district yesterday and washed away up to 50 homes, provincial governor Prasit Osathanont said.

Hours after the landslides struck, rescue workers were still sifting through the mud in a desperate search for other victims.


In Samui, hundreds of stranded travellers scrambled for air tickets at Samui International airport, after two planes managed to take off for Bangkok.

The Nation:

Massive landslide destroys 100 households in Khao Phanom district; many still missing; Floods continue to wreak havoc; 710,000 now affected; Satun and Phuket get warning

Days of downpours yesterday triggered a leviathan landslide that swallowed up an entire village of about 100 households in Krabi’s Khao Phanom district, leaving 10 residents reported dead and many more missing.

Today’s Bangkok Post has this item: “Airlines resume flights to flood-hit Samui.”

Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways International have resumed most of their regular services to Koh Samui as stormy weather starts to clear, relieving frustration among passengers.

Bangkok Airways operated 19 flights yesterday to carry about 2,000 passengers off the flood-stricken island.

Thai Airways made three flights to Samui and transported 600 passengers who were stranded on the island after heavy flooding closed the island’s airport.

Bangkok Airways, which operates the largest number of flights through Samui, on Tuesday cancelled all 53 incoming and outgoing flights.

The affected routes by the carrier included Bangkok-Samui, Chiang Mai-Samui, Phuket-Samui, Krabi-Samui, U-tapao-Samui, Hong Kong-Samui and Singapore-Samui.

Todays’ Nation front page:

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And here’s a YouTube video of Krabi flooding:

(Nation front page image: Twipic by LeroyNewsDesign. YouTube video via GlobalPost.)

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