Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Latest News: Thailand Flooding

 Warning of flash floods in South

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on Thursday morning issued a warning for people in four southern provinces to brace for flash floods and landslides during the next few days.

People living near hillsides and waterways in Kapong andTakuapa districts of Phang Nga, Muang and Khao Phanom districts of Krabi, Muang, Thalang and Krathu districts of Phuket and Suksamran district of Ranong should prepare for flash flooding and possible landslides today and the next few days, it warned.

Ref: Bangkok Post

Phahon Yothin road closed

Highway police have closed Phahon Yothin highway between Wang Noi and Saraburi because of flooding, reports said.

The highway has been closed since 8am between kilometre markers 55-57 in Wang Noi district of Ayutthaya province.

Another section of the Phahon Yothin highway at km 65 has also reported to be about 40 centimetres under water.  A large number of broken down vehicles have been left parked on the roadside.
Ref: Bangkok Post

Phahon Yothin highway inundated

A section of Phahon Yothin highway between kilometre markers 51-85 has been closed to traffic since it is now about 2 metres under water, reports said.

Motorists have been advised to avoid this section of the highway linking Ayutthaya's Wang Noi district with Saraburi.

Maha Chulalongkorn Ratchawitthayalai, a Buddhist university at Wang Noi, has been flooded.  The water level in the campus is about 1.20m.  A large number of monks and laymen have been mobilised to remove more than 10,000 copies of the Tripatika to high ground.

Vehicles heading for the Northeast are advised to take the Rangsit - Ban Na - Nakhon Nayok road or Highway 304 instead.

As of 11am, it was reported that a large amount of water had leaked through levees south of Hi-Tech Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in district.

Evacuation of people out of the industrial estate had begun because it was feared that the existing floodwalls would soon collapse.
Ref: Bangkok Post

Floods drown consumer confidence

The consumer confidence index on the overall economy for September was down from 73.8 the previous month to 72.2, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce said on Thursday.

The confidence on job opportunity for the month stood at 73.0, while that of future income was 100.3, the university reported.

The plunge in all consumer confidence indices for two straight months was attributed to consumers’ concerns on the wide-spread floods and the ongoing global economic crisis, it said.

The negative factors affecting  consumers’ confidence were the floods that have hit manyl provinces, damaging the agriculture, industry and tourism sectors, concerns about rising living costs caused by increasing costs of  consumer goods and worry over economic crises in the US and Europe, the university added.

The positive factors included the government’s implementation of policies to increase people’s incomes, the decline in the pump price of fuels, the weakening value of the Thai baht,  continuing rising agricultural prices and the further expansion in exports.
Ref: Bangkok Post

Water flowing into Hi-Tech

Water is rapidly flowing into the Hi-Tech Industrical Estate in Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in district through broken parts of the 4-kilometre-long south floodwall facing the Chao Phraya river which cannot withstand the water pressure, reports said.

The water level inside the estate has risen to about 20 centimetres.

Military trucks have begun to evacuate about 1,000 people from the estate's dormitories.

Ref: Bangkok Post

Love, unity and compassion will help Thais overcome floods: Prem

Privy Council president General Prem Tinsulanonda on Thursday called on Thai citizens to join hands in fighting the floods with love, unity and compassion.

"Thais share the hardships of flood victims in the North and the Central Region and will overcome the problem," he said.

Prem made a reference to the floods in his speech to the youths from the sounthernmost provinces.

As the young people from the strife-torn region was making a study tour of the capital, they would experience first-hand about flood-related hardships, he said, reminding Thais to rally together.
Ref: The Nation



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