Thailand Floods

Small embankment built to prevent overflows from Chao Phraya River

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s Department of Public Works hastily erected a small embankment today (Saturday), using asphalt and pebbles in three side roads off of the Rama III Road, to…

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Parts of Bang Bua Thong flooded following temporary embankment collapses

The rising pressure of water in Pimon Racha Canal, which connects with the swollen Chao Phraya River, caused a breach in a temporary embankment in Phimon Racha sub-district of Nonthaburi’s…

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Over 4,700 villages in Thailand remain flooded

More than 4,700 villages across the country remain flooded, with over 400,000 households affected, as floodwaters recede, according to the Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation. The provinces which…

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Flood victims face higher costs for repairs due to rising construction material prices

Thailand’s home owners will have to pay an average of 100,000 baht to repair each house damaged by flooding this year, compared with 70,000-80,000 baht last year, due to increases…

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Chao Phraya riverside communities warned of high tides until Nov 9th

People living along the tidal reaches of the Chao Phraya River have been advised to be aware of the potential for possible river overflows between 6am and 9pm until November…

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Thai PM visits flood victims in Sing Buri Province

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha flew to Sing Buri province today (Monday). His helicopter first landed in a stadium, belonging to the Sing Buri Provincial Administrative Organisation, for a briefing from…

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People in Sing Buri evacuate after river embankment fails

Hundreds of people in communities along Route 309, linking Sing Buri and Ang Thong provinces, were evacuated today (Sunday), after their communities became flooded following the partial collapse of a…

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Downtown Phuket flooded again

Downtown Phuket is flooded again tonight after heavy downpours that hit the popular resort island in southern Thailand. Most businesses in the commercial centre of the city are closed. It’s…

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Phuket residents warned of possible overflows from Bang Yai Canal

Residents living along the Bang Yai Canal, in Nakhon Phuket and Ratsada sub-districts, have been advised to prepare for overflows, following the last three days of continuous heavy rain in…

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Cabinet approves tax measures to help flood victims

The Thai cabinet approved a package of 14 measures to help flood victims yesterday (Tuesday), as proposed by the Ministry of Finance, according to Government Spokesman Anucha Burapachaisri. The measures…

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Plan to resolve water pollution caused by flooded landfills and water treatment facilities

Thailand’s Pollution Control Department (PCD) has prepared manpower and equipment, including drones, to be sent to provinces in which landfills and wastewater treatment facilities are flooded, to help resolve the…

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Floodwall built to prevent flooded landfill leaking into Muang district of Ang Thong

Municipal officials and workers from the Muang district of Ang Thong Province are building a two-metre high wall, to prevent polluted water from a flooded landfill from flowing into the…

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Irrigation road collapses sending floodwater into three districts of Ayutthaya

Residents in three districts of Ayutthaya Province, and those living along canals, were advised to move their valuables to higher ground quickly, after an irrigation road and embankment partially collapsed…

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Flood situation in Phuket is improving

The flood situation in Phuket has improved today (Monday), after heavy rains caused by a tropical depression. Floodwater in Phuket has receded from Phuket Old Town, particularly around the clock…

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Evacuations in two districts of Kalasin Sunday, after partial embankment collapse

Residents of some sub-districts of Khong Chai and Kamalasai districts in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Kalasin were told to evacuate to safety areas, after a section of an embankment of…

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Loss of water retention areas worsens flood situation in Ubon Ratchathani

The loss of natural water retention areas, through a lack of proper urban planning, is being blamed for the unusually serious flooding in the north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani this…

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Widespread flooding in Phuket on Sunday following heavy rainfall

Many areas of Phuket, including the old commercial centre and some beach roads, are flooded this morning (Sunday), following heavy downpours throughout last night. The Klang Road in the old…

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Breach in river embankment floods villages in Ang Thong Province Friday night

Many residents in Ban Hae sub-district, in the Muang District of Ang Thong Province, had a shock late last night when water rushed into their house through a partially collapsed…

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Gold health card holders in flooded areas can get free medical services at state hospitals

Gold health card holders in areas affected by flooding in Thailand are entitled to medical treatment at all state hospitals, including those at which they are not registered, Deputy Government…

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Heavy rain forecast in northeast Saturday as storm Sonca hits Vietnam

Thailand’s north-eastern, eastern and central regions, including Bangkok and its peripherals, will see more rain, with isolated heavy showers and strong winds, as a result of tropical storm Sonca, which…

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Limited impacts expected on Thailand from three tropical depressions and a cyclone

Three tropical depressions detected in the South China Sea and a cyclone in the Andaman Sea will have limited impacts on Thailand, according to Chawalit Chantararat, an expert from the…

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Flooding in Thailand’s northeast is expected to improve next month

The flood situation in several north-eastern provinces is expected to improve during early November, as the water level in the Mun River in Ubon Ratchathani Province has been stable for…

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Expandable flood barriers installed in Bangkok’s Rama III area

City officials used expandable, water-filled flood barriers, instead of sand bags, in an attempt to prevent overflows from the Chao Phraya River from flooding Rama III Road in Yan Nawa…

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Ubon Ratchathani Zoo closed indefinitely due to flooding, animals are safe

The Ubon Ratchathani Zoo has closed indefinitely, due to heavy flooding of surrounding and the main access to the zoo, but the animals there are not yet affected. Attapon Srihayrun,…

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70 temples and historical sites in Ayutthaya risk collapse due to flooding

About 70 temples and historical sites in Ayutthaya province, located outside the city’s ancient walls, are submerged and at risk of collapse if the flooding persists, according to Pattarapong Kao-ngern,…

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Warnings of possible flooding in Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon

The National Water Command Centre (NWCC) has warned people living in Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom and Samut Sakhon provinces to brace for overflows from the Tha Chin River until Sunday….

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23 billion baht to be earmarked for post-flood rehabilitation

About 23 billion baht will be allocated to rehabilitation programs for provinces affected by the current flooding, Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek said today (Tuesday). She said that Prime Minister…

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More districts in Nonthaburi declared flood disaster zones on Tuesday

Bang Bua Thong and Bang Kruai districts and more areas of Pak Kret district in Bangkok’s neighbouring province of Nonthaburi were declared flood disaster zones today (Tuesday), as overflows from…

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Riverside residents in Bangkok prepare for high tide overflows on Tuesday night

People living in communities along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, which are not protected by flood walls, have been advised to move their valuables to higher ground today (Tuesday),…

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Red flags fly in Chai Nat to warn riverside residents of impending overflows

Red flags are being flown in Chai Nat province to warn people living along the Chao Phraya River to prepare evacuation, as the water level in the river exceeded the…

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Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district flooded last night by Sai River overflow

The Sai River breached its banks and flooded commercial areas and residential communities in Muang district of the northern province of Chiang Rai early this morning, due to heavy rainfall…

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Four killed, 72,000 households in 30 provinces affected by floods since September 28th

Four people have died, two injured and more than 72,000 households affected by flooding in 30 provinces of Thailand since September 28th, according to the Department of Public Disaster Prevention…

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Thousands of flood victims in Chai Nat province take refuge on roadsides

Thousands of people in Sapphaya district of Thailand’s Chai Nat province have been taking temporary refuge on the roadside, after their houses became submerged, following an increase in the volume…

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BMA urges people to work from home to avoid floods

Bangkok authorities on Tuesday urged government agencies and private companies to consider allowing their personnel and employees to work from home in the next few days as Bangkok is expected…

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Chaengwattana area worst hit by Monday night’s downpour

Many commuters were forced to wade along flooded pavements in the Chaengwattana area late last night (Monday), due to a lack of public transport and traffic gridlock, after the area…

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Confrontation between villagers over draining of floodwater in Ayutthaya

Two groups of villagers in Thailand’s central province of Ayutthaya confronted each other today (Tuesday), over whether excess water should be drained into a water retention area in Pak Hai…

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Pasak River expected to overflow into four central provinces of Thailand

People living in four provinces along the Chao Phraya and Pasak rivers have been advised to prepare for overflows due to rising water levels, following an increase in the rate…

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Chiang Mai’s Muang district remains flooded Tuesday

Many areas in Chiang Mai’s Muang district, including the commercial zone and the well-known Chang Khlan shopping street, remain flooded this morning (Tuesday), while the provincial irrigation office is advising…

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Widespread flooding in Chiang Mai as Ping River breaches flood wall

Water from the overflowing Ping River breached flood walls this afternoon (Monday), causing widespread inundation of the Muang district of Chiang Mai, including in the economic zone. The water level…

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Heavy rain and extensive road flooding in Bangkok on Monday

Extensive flooding and severe traffic congestion hit Bangkok’s roads this afternoon (Monday) following very heavy rain. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s flood prevention centre reported that 104mm and 93mm of rain…

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New sandbag flood wall built to protect economic zone in Nonthaburi

The Nonthaburi municipal administration has built a new flood wall, using over 300,000 sand bags stretching overabout 10kms parallel to the Chao Phraya River, to protect the economic zone in…

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Chiang Mai’s riverside residents advised to take safety measures during flood threat

Residents living along the Ping River in the Muang district of Chiang Mai have been advised today (Monday) to move property to higher ground and to be prepared to open…

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Water in Ping River in Chiang Mai exceeds critical level

Residents in Chiang Mai province, especially those living close to the Ping River, have been advised to monitor the water situation closely, but not to panic, as the water level…

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Extensive flooding in Thailand’s northern and north-eastern provinces

Workers using tractors were working hard this morning (Sunday) to clear mudslides and fallen trees blocking Highway 11 to the northern region in Na Yang sub-district of Phichai district of…

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Sam Khok district of Pathum Thani declared a flood disaster zone

The Pathum Thani provincial administration has declared Sam Khok district a flood disaster zone, because the entire district is under water from spilling the overflowing Chao Phraya River. More than…

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Heavy flooding leads to closure of Chiang Mai-Hod road

Motorists planning to use the Chiang Mai-Hod road have been advised to take an alternative route, via the San Pa Tong-Hang Dong road along the irrigation canal in Hang Dong…

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Flood woes continue in Ubon Ratchathani and Nakhon Ratchasima

The Royal Irrigation Department has installed about 200 water pumps to accelerate the discharge of water from the Mun River, in Khong Chiam district in of Ubon Ratchathani, into the…

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Noru weakens into low pressure cell, more rain for Bangkok and 23 other provinces Friday

Tropical depression Noru has weakened to a low-pressure cell, with its center located in the Muang district of Thailand’snorth-eastern province of Chaiyaphum, according to the Thai Meteorological Department. In its…

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Bangkok increases canal drainage ahead of greater influx from north and rain

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has been accelerating efforts to drain water from the city’s canals into the Chao Phraya River, ahead of the arrival of more water runoff from…

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Election Commission asked to ease restrictions on MPs helping flood victims

Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has been asked to consider easing restrictions on the distribution of relief materials by political parties during the current widespread flooding. Pheu Thai MP for Ubon…

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Noru weakens to tropical depression as it heads west across Thailand

Tropical storm Noru was located over the Kham Khoen Kaeo district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Yasothon at 4am this morning (Thursday) and has already weakened to a tropical depression,…

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Three flights bound for Ubon Ratchathani turned back to BKK due to poor weather

Three domestic flights from Bangkok to the north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani this morning (Wednesday) were forced to turn back, after the pilots were unable to land due to poor…

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People living along Mun River in Ubon Ratchathani advised to prepare for evacuation

The rising level of the Mun River, in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani following heavy rain last night, has forced provincial officials to replace their preventive plans with those…

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Tropical storm Noru to hit north-eastern region at 10pm Wednesday

Tropical storm Noru is expected to arrive over Thailand’s north-eastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen at about 10pm tonight (Wednesday), bringing heavy rain to 14 provinces, according to…

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Chi and Mun river basins will be worst affected by tropical storm Noru

Chi and Mun river basins in the north-east of Thailand will suffer the worst effects of tropical storm Noru, which is expected to hit the region this Thursday, although the…

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Bangkok takes precautions ahead of arrival of tropical storm Noru this Thursday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has taken steps, including draining water out of canals in and around the city and procuring 2.5 million sandbags to reinforce flood walls, to brace…

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Farmland and residential areas flooded after dike partially collapses in Si Sa Ket

About 960 hectares of farmland and residential areas in two districts of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Si Sa Ket are flooded, after an earthen dike partially collapsed yesterday (Sunday), due…

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Bangkok and 6 provinces warned of potential overflows from Chao Phraya

The Royal Irrigation Department will, from tomorrow, increase rate of water being discharged through the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat province, from 1,989m3/sec to as much as 2,200m3/sec, due…

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Heavy flooding in Chiang Mai on Friday morning

Many areas of the Muang district in Chiang Mai are heavily flooded this morning (Friday) after heavy rain throughout last night. Police were out in force this morning to direct…

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Harvested rice fields in Chao Phraya River basin to be used as water retention areas

Rice fields in the Chao Phraya River basin, on Thailand’s central plains, will be turned into temporary water retention areas after farmers have completed their harvest at the end of…

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BMA to propose a tunnel project to drain water from eastern suburbs

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will propose, to National Water Command Centre at its meeting tomorrow (Monday), a project to build a 19km tunnel to drain water from the eastern…

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Six districts in Ayutthaya declared flood disaster zones

Six districts in Ayutthaya province have been declared flood disaster zones. More than 50 pumps have been installed to remove excess water from communities and farm land following an increase…

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Officials to survey flood-affected households in Lat Krabang

Thailand’s Department of Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation will cooperate with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in assessing damage to households caused by flooding in Bangkok’s Lat Krabang district, so…

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Lat Krabang district declared a disaster zone by Bangkok’s administration

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has declared Lat Krabang district a flood “disaster zone” so provision of assistance can be expedited, to relieve the hardships of some 20,000 residents in…

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Warning of Chao Phraya River overflows on Thursday

The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has issued a new warning of river overflows in 11 provinces located downstream of the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat Province, after the department…

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Expert warns that the worst rain for Bangkok is yet to come

A special lecturer at the Graduate School of Environmental Development Administration at the National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Dr. Sunt Srianthumrong, warned today (Monday) that the worst of the…

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Nearly 92,000 hectares of land in Thailand’s main river basins submerged

91,817 hectares of land in provinces in the Yom, Nan, Chao Phraya, Pasak, Tha Chin and Bang Pakong river basins are currently submerged, including 14,943 hectares of farm land, according…

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Bangkok sets up temporary shelters for flood evacuees

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set up temporary shelters in the Bang Khen, Lak Si, Don Mueang, Sai Mai and Lat Krabang areas, in case residents there need to…

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Road leading to temple in Samut Prakan subsides following heavy rain

The only road access in and out of the Khun Samut Chin Temple in Phra Samut Chedi district of Samut Prakan province has been closed to trucks after it sank…

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Many cars submerged in underground condominium parking lot in Bang Khen

About 30 cars parked in the underground parking lot of a condominium in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district were flooded after water gushed into the basement last night during heavy rain….

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56 provinces warned of waterway overflows following heavy rain

Thailand’s National Water Command Centre issued advice to people in 56 provinces today (Saturday), including Bangkok and its suburbs, to brace for possible river overflows and flooding due to heavy…

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Nearly 500 cats and dogs evacuated from animal shelter in Pathum Thani

Thailand’s Livestock Development Department has sent a team of veterinarians to the Pa (Auntie) Malee shelter in Lam Luk Ka district of Pathum Thani province to take care of and…

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More than 4,900 households in Pathum Thani flooded

A total of 4,926 households in Muang and Sam Khok Districts of Thailand’s central province of Pathum Thani are currently flooded by overflows from the Chao Phraya River. Meanwhile, in…

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Water expert’s advice on flooding – “Help yourself as much as possible.”

A water expert at Rangsit University’s Centre for Climate Change and Disasters, Dr. Seri Suparatit, has advised people living in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces to look after themselves as much…

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1,280 hectares of rice fields in Nakhon Ratchasima flooded and damaged

More than 1,280 hectares of rice fields in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima have been damaged after being under water for more than a week, and more rice farmland…

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Over 135,000 hectares of land, including 42,560 hectares of rice fields in Thailand flooded

More than 135,000 hectares of land, including about 42,560 hectares of rice fields in the Nan, Chao Phraya, Pasak and Bang Pakong river basins, are now flooded, according to the…

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Satellite images show widespread flooding in Thailand’s northeast

The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) has released images, taken on August 24th by the Sentinel-1 satellite, of flooding covering 20,800 hectares of land in the north-eastern region of…

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Two districts in Phetchabun province face the worst flooding in 60 years

People living in the Lom Sak and Lom Kao districts of Thailand’s northern province of Phetchabun are facing what is being described as the worst flooding in 60 years, following…

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Households below Chao Phraya Dam advised to move valuables to higher ground

People living near the Chao Phraya River, downstream of the Chao Phraya Dam in Thailand’s central province of Chai Nat, have been advised by the Royal Irrigation Department to move…

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7 north-eastern provinces bracing for Mekong River overflows until Thursday

Thailand’s National Water Command Centre is advising people living near the banks of the Mekong River in seven north-eastern provinces to brace for sudden overflows from today (Sunday) until Thursday….

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Bangkok braces for more widespread flooding

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is bracing for another round of widespread flooding, after the city was pounded by more than 100mm of rain last night and with more rain…

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People living near Thailand’s waterways warned of flooding, overflows this week

The National Water Command Centre is advising people living near rivers, waterways and reservoirs to prepare for possible flooding, overflows and flash floods from today until August 10th due to…

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Wiang Pa Pao district, Chiang Rai

Floods ease in Chiang Mai, but situation deteriorates in Chiang Rai

While the flood situation in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Mai eases today, in neighbouring Chiang Rai province it is worsening, with levels in several waterways steadily rising today (Sunday),…

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฿1.57B spent on Bangkok’s water pumps, drainage over past 8 years

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) spending on all aspects relating to water pumps, including procurement and maintenance, over the past eight years, amounts to about 1.57 billion baht. The spending…

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Monitor lizard blamed for failure of Bangkok water pumps during heavy rains

A monitor lizard was found in a large water pump in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district yesterday (Wednesday), disrupting its operation and that of three more in adjacent areas and leaving…

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Former Bangkok governor says flooding in several areas have been solved

Former Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang said today (Wednesday) that he has already solved the flood problems in 15 areas of the capital and would address the problems in the remaining…

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Bangkok suffers flooding, traffic jams, due to heavy rain Tuesday night

Many parts of Bangkok experienced severe traffic congestion last evening and today (Wednesday), due to flooding caused by heavy rain throughout the night, exacerbated by the reopening of most schools…

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Flood alert in eight southern Thai provinces from Nov 23rd- 25th

Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department is advising people in eight southern provinces to brace for sudden flooding from Tuesday through Thursday next week, due to anticipated heavy rain brought by a…

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Travellers stranded after flood submerges highway and railway in Chumphon province

Hundreds of train and bus passengers were stranded in Thailand’s Chumphon province on Friday night, after road and train communications were disrupted by flooding,following heavy rain and resulting runoffs which…

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Riverside areas of Bangkok warned of flooding this week, later this month

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is warning people living near floodgates to prepare for high tides and subsequent flooding this week and between November 20th and 26th. Bang Phlat, Samphanthawong,…

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Thai authorities warn of two very high tides Tuesday

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is warning that the high tides today (Tuesday) will reach peaks at 11.26am, at 1.31 meters above mean sea level, and 1.20 meters at 7.32pm….

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Security increased at key sluice gates to prevent unauthorised opening

Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department has ordered all sluice gates in key dykes to be guarded around the clock after a recent incident involving the unauthorised opening of a gate in…

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Many piglets drown, others evacuated from flooding in Thailand

The current flooding in many parts of Thailand is not only affecting humans, property and farmland, but has also led to the drowning of many farm animals, such as pigs,…

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Nakhon Ratchasima’s municipal area submerged for second time in less than a month

Overflow from the Lam Takhong River and runoff from Soong Nern and Kham Talay Sor districts have flooded the municipal area of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima for the…

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Flood woes caused by dam overflow in Suphan Buri province

Flood woes caused by dam overflow in Suphan Buri province

Many households and low-lying areas located along the Tha Chin River, in Thailand’s central province of Suphan Buri, are submerged after excess water overflowed the spillways of the Krasiao Dam…

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Kompasu storm alert for northeastern Thailand tomorrow, Thursday

More rain is forecast for most parts of Thailand, with heavy to very heavy downpours in some areas during tomorrow and Thursday due to the influence of tropical storm Kompasu…

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Women row a boat with their dog through floodwaters in a neighbourhood in Ayutthaya. This was last year when there were no electoral complications involved. But the time was ominously in October and scores of provinces were suffering. Jack TAYLOR / AFP

Successive storms may cause floods in parts of central Thailand this week

People living downstream of Pasak Jolasid Dam in Ang Thong, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Ayutthaya have been warned to brace for flooding as an indirect…

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COVID-19 resurgence in Hua Hin and Chaiyaphum closes market and TAO office 

The Chatchai market, in Thailand’s resort town of Hua Hin, has been ordered to close for three days from Monday, after 30 people connected to the market were found to be infected with COVID-19. The mayor of Hua Hin,…

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High tide raises Chao Phraya River level, floods communities in Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani

Riverside households in Bangkok’s neighbouring provinces of Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani, which are not protected by floodwalls, have been warned to brace for flooding today (Sunday) due to the high…

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Temple sacrifices its chapel and a pavilion to shelter animals from floodwater

The chapel and a pavilion at Kai Tia Temple, in Krasaeng sub-district of Sam Kok district in Pathum Thani province, has been temporarily turned into a shelter for six buffaloes,…

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