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 Thailand. More than 11,200 hectares of rice fields have been affected.

The data from the satellite, which is monitoring the flood situation in the northeast, show that the areas affected are mainly located on both sides of the Chi and the Mun River basins, in parts of Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Maha Sarakham, Buri Ram and Roi Et.

To support GISTDA’s mission, the images and data from the satellite have been sent to various other agencies and adjustment of the satellite’s sensors will be undertaken by GISTDA, to enable even more accurate analysis and monitoring of areas prone to ongoing flooding.

As during other rainy seasons, several parts of Thailand have and are being affected by flash floods, caused by river overflows, rising sea levels and a limited capacity to drainaway the floodwaters.

Bangkok City Hall has even hired prison inmates to dredge canals, but the work will take months to complete.


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