Floods Surge Through 21 Thai Provinces

Disaster areas declared in northeast as deluge damages homes and farms

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Days of rain have caused flooding across central and northeastern Thailand, with deluges affecting nearly a third of the country’s 76 provinces and some 600,000 people, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Buri Ram province, bordering Cambodia, is among the hardest hit, with floodwater sweeping through 24,000 households in hundreds of villages, damaging roads and farms. Seven districts in the province have been declared disaster areas.

Meanwhile, water run-off coming from Ayutthaya province is worrying the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, although media reports say that Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra — in effect city mayor — remains confident that the capital will not see a repeat of the disastrous floods of 2011, which caused $45 billion worth of economic losses and damage and saw industrial estates and suburban areas of Bangkok deluged.

[Bangkok Post]