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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 153. New flash flood warnings 29 Sept.

    Flood warning for low-lying provinces
    Published: 30/09/2011 at 02:49 PM
    Online news: Local News

    The water levels in Lop Buri, Saraburi and Ayutthaya provinces are expected to reach their peak on Oct 3-4, according to the Royal Irrigation Department's flood assessment centre.

    The centre announced on Friday that judging from the increasing amount of water in the Chao Phraya river basin the water levels in low-lying areas of Muang district of Lop Buri; Nong Don, Ban Mo and Don Phut districts of Saraburi; and Maharat, Bang Pahan, Ban Phraek, Bang Ban, Muang, Tha Rua and Nakhon Luang districts of Ayutthaya are expected to rise by 20-50 centimetres during that period.

    The depts of water in low-lying fields are expected to range between 2 and 4 metres.

    People and agencies concerned in those areas, particularly along both sides of the Pa Sak river in Saraburi and Ayutthaya provinces are advised to move their belongings to high grounds and be prepared for evacuation, the centre said.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 153. New flood warnings 30 Sept.

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    New warning for low-lying Central Plains
    Published: 30/09/2011 at 04:33 PM
    Online news: Local News

    People in flooded low-lying areas of Lop Buri, Saraburi and Ayutthaya provinces have been warned once again the worst is still to come, with the Irrigation Department advising them that water levels are expected to reach their peak on Oct 3-4.

    The centre announced on Friday that, judging by the increasing amount of water in the Chao Phraya river basin, the water levels in low-lying areas of Muang district of Lop Buri; Nong Don, Ban Mo and Don Phut districts of Saraburi; and Maharat, Bang Pahan, Ban Phraek, Bang Ban, Muang, Tha Rua and Nakhon Luang districts of Ayutthaya were expected to rise by 20-50 centimetres on Monday and Tuesday.

    The depth of the water in low-lying fields was expected to range between two and four metres.

    People in those areas, particularly along both sides of the Pa Sak river in Saraburi and Ayutthaya provinces, were advised to move their belongings to high ground and be prepared for evacuation, the centre said. Local agencies should be ready to assist.

    Bangkok Metropolitan Administration deputy spokesman Wasan Meewong, meanwhile, said the BMA is confident it is capable of handling the flooding from the North and residents should not worry that the capital would be seriously inundated.

    The spokesman was responding to the warning on Thursday by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) that a satellite photo showed that 13 districts of Bangkok were at risk of flooding.

    The districts are Nong Khang Phlu, Thung Song Hong, Sai Mai, Khlong Thanon, Anusawari, Chorakhe Bua, Lat Phrao, Khlong Kum, Hua Mak, Saphan Sung, Khlong Song Ton Nun and Lat Krabang.

    Mr Wasan thanked all offices that helped provide people with information about the situation and for warning them to prepare for possible flooding.

    However, the BMA had already implemented flood prevention measures and was ready for any flooding situation. Bangkok governor had ordered BMA officials on 24-hour alert, particularly in the flood sensitive areas, he said.

    “All 50 district chiefs had been instructed to oversee their areas and prepare to provide assistance for people living outside the flood prevention walls in the event that they are affected by the run-off,” said the BMA spokesman.

    The BMA had built 2.5-metre high floodwalls along the banks of the Chao Phraya River to prevent floodwaters and the high tide. Water pumps were also in place to drain out any excess to 21 monkey cheeks with a combined water retention capacity of 12.75 million cubic metres, he added.

    Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha said that to cope with the situation more than 10,000 soldiers have been deployed along with mobile medical teams in 23 provinces to help flood-hit people.

    The disaster relief centre of Army Region 1 is working with provincial governors and government agencies to extend the relief operations to as many flood-hit areas as possible.

    More boats and large vehicles, manned with army personnel, have been despatched to help transport students and other people from at-risk locations.

    Twelve mobile medical teams have also been deployed .

    "There are more than 23 flood-hit provinces. We have deployed more than 10,000 troops along with about 500 big land vehicles and 100 boats," he said.

    In Lop Buri, many people have been evacuated to temporary shelters on roads, at schools and government facilities.

    Boats, equipped with loud hailers and lights were patrolling around the clock to provide security.

    All 127 army-run radion stations have keeping the people informed of the latest developments and being advised by psychologists how to avoid stress.

    In Phitsanulok, a soldier died on Friday after falling from an army truck while taking part in a flood relief operation in a community of Wat Chan tambon administration organisation in Muang district.

    He was identified as L/Cpl Thirapat Emkrit, attached to the 4th Signal Battalion at the Naresuan Maharaj military camp.

    The National Food Institution (NFI), meanwhile, predicted that some foods were likely to be in short supply in Thailand early next year as a result of damage caused to crop fields by the widespread flooding.

    Petch Chinabutr, the NFI president, said early 2012 would be a period of rehabilitation of the flood affected areas and the food supply would suffer but the problem would not be critical because people could switch to other kinds of more abundant food.

    Mr Petch said the institute could not assess the overall flood damage to the food sector at this time.

    NFI president expected the value of Thai food exports to be about 950 billion baht this year, 50 billion baht higher than the set target of 900 billion baht because food exporters have been well-prepared for the expected floods.

    He was confident that exports of Thai foods and food products in 2012 would be more than 800 billion baht, depending on the economic situation in the US and Europe.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 153. New flood warnings 30 Sept.

    Ministers fan out to report on relief effort
    Published: 1/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday ordered Pheu Thai ministers yesterday to travel upcountry and visit disaster-hit areas as losses from the worst floods in over a decade continue to mount.

    The floods have claimed 188 lives and affected millions of people in two dozen provinces.

    Mrs Yingluck, at a meeting of Pheu Thai ministers, ordered party leaders to fan out across the country and report the latest developments and relief efforts back through video conferences.

    The premier also directed ministers to review economic trends and consider whether additional stimulus measures are needed given the prospects of slower global economic growth due to the European debt crisis.

    Authorities have announced that a supplementary spending budget could be drafted to help finance stimulus programmes.

    The Finance Ministry earlier this week cut its growth estimate for 2011 to 4% from an earlier target of 4.5% due to the impact of the global slowdown and domestic flooding. Growth next year is projected to pick up to 4.5%.

    Kittiratt Na-Ranong, the commerce minister and deputy premier, said he would hold talks with the National Economic and Social Development Board to review the impact which the floods and the global crisis would have on the country's economy.

    He welcomed Thursday's move by the German parliament to approve an expansion of a European bail-out fund set up to assist Greece and other debt-stricken nations.

    "Even though economic indicators won't turn positive overnight, things should improve," Mr Kittiratt said, adding that the Commerce Ministry was confident of reaching its 15% export growth goal for this year.

    The NESDB economic review will also consider the impact on domestic consumption of government policies such as plans to boost minimum wages and civil service salaries for university graduates, as well as the trend towards higher crop prices.

    The government also wants to consider the potential impact of slowing export growth due to the global economic slowdown. With up to 70% of GDP driven by exports, authorities want to boost local consumption and investment to mitigate the risk on the economy from slower global growth.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 153. New flood warnings 30 Sept.

    Dams near breaking point
    More flooding likely as excess must be released

    Published: 1/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    People in the Northeast and Central Plains have been told to brace for further flooding as dams which near bursting point are forced to release more water.

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    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, however, is confident Bangkok will be able to cope with incoming floodwater.

    Pipat Khongsilpthaweekul, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand's chief of hydropower generation in the Northeast, said yesterday that rainwater from Storm Haitang was filling six hydropower dams in the Northeast and they would have to accelerate their discharges to prevent the reservoirs from breaking.

    He was referring to the Sirindhorn Dam and Pak Moon Dam in Ubon Ratchathani province, the Chulabhorn Dam and Huay Kum Dam in Chaiyaphum, the Ubonrat Dam in Khon Kaen and the Nam Phung Dam in Sakon Nakhon.

    According to Mr Pipat, waterflow into Ubonrat Dam has risen from 40-50 million cubic metres per day in the past few days to about 90 million yesterday.

    The dam must raise its discharge rate from 34 million cu m/day to 50-70 million to prevent a burst.

    The situation is similar at Egat's five other northeastern hydropower dams and they must also increase their discharges.

    Mr Pipat warned people living downstream to brace for worse flooding.

    Meanwhile, a massive amount of water from the Ping River in Chiang Mai and Lamphun provinces is flowing into the Bhumibol Dam in Tak. Yesterday the dam held 12,481 million cu m of water, or 93% of its capacity.

    The dam received 122 million cu m of water on Thursday. An irrigation official said at this rate the reservoir could fill up within a week. Therefore, it must increase its discharge from 28 million cu m to 41 million cu m/day to prevent damages to its structure.

    Many dams in the North are faced with the same situation and must also speed up their discharges.

    According to the Irrigation Department, excess water from the North is raising flood levels in the Chao Phraya River basin in the Central Plains.

    Flood levels in the upper part of the basin from Manorom district of Chai Nat to Muang district of Lop Buri province will rise by 20-30 centimetres and flood levels in the lower part of the basin from Muang district of Lop Buri and Nong Don, Ban Mo and Don Phut districts of Saraburi to Maha Rat, Bang Pahan, Ban Phraek, Bang Ban, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Tha Rua and Nakhon Luang districts of Ayutthaya province will increase by 40-50cm. Flood levels will peak in the Chao Phraya basin on Oct 3 and 4, said the department. Khwannak Laosomboon, kamnan of tambon Kwai Yai area in Muang district of Nakhon Sawan province, yesterday asked officials to increase water discharges at the Chao Phraya Dam in Chai Nat to relieve flooding above it. Officials promised to release more water in two days.

    Sanya Cheenimit, drainage director of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said yesterday city workers were strictly controlling the water inflow from the Khlong Rangsit Prayoonsak Canal in Pathum Thani province north of Bangkok to the Khlong Prem Prachakorn Canal, which connects to the Chao Phraya River to prevent flooding in the capital.

    Meanwhile, flooding continues in communities by the Khlong Rangsit Prayoonsak Canal in Pathum Thani and in Ongkharak district of Nakhon Nayok.

    Prime Minister Yingluck yesterday quoted Bangkok governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra as assuring that the city's floodwalls would protect the capital.

    She admitted flooding elsewhere was critical and assistance had not reached some parts of Lop Buri. The army would deliver help to these areas, she said.

    Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and his delegation visited Lop Buri yesterday. He promised to deploy helicopters and more boats to help flood victims.

    About 10,000 soldiers, 500 road vehicles, 100 boats, aircraft and mobile kitchens have already been deployed to help flood victims in 23 provinces.

    In Chiang Mai, however, the floods are receding. The level of the Ping River dropped to 3.7 metres last night, although the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road was still inundated for several kilometres. However, flooding has gone from Muang Mai, Ton Lamyai and Waroros markets and traders have returned.

    Chiang Mai governor ML Panadda Disakul puts flood damages in the northern province at more than 5 billion baht.

    Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri said flooding has killed 188 people nationwide and nearly 2 million people have been affected.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 153: Dams near bursting point

    All of Ayutthaya province declared disaster area
    Published: 2/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    With the flood situation on the Central Plain continuing to worsen, authorities have set evacuation plans for residents in Ayutthaya and Phichit provinces, and all 16 districts of Ayutthaya have been declared disaster zones.

    Several riverside communities were under more than two metres of water yesterday as the Lop Buri River surged. Many roads were rendered impassable and some temples and hospitals were evacuated.

    Ayutthaya governor Witthaya Piewpong called an urgent meeting of the 16 district chiefs to find ways to deal with yet more run-off which is set to flow into the province from the North.

    Municipalities, local bodies, kamnan and village heads have been told to find safe locations where residents can be evacuated to immediately.

    Flooding started in Ayutthaya on Sept 4 and has affected more than 224,000 residents. Run-off from the North is raising levels of the Chao Phraya, Pasak, Lop Buri and Noi rivers.

    Supparirk Klankla, chief of the Sam Ruen tambon administration organisation, said the Ban Pho sluice gates in tambon Ban Wa in Bang Pa-in district are near their bursting point. More than 50,000 rai of farmland and three industrial estates in Bang Pa-in, Uthai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya and Wang Noi districts will be inundated if water overflows the gates.

    In Kamphaeng Phet, provincial governor Wanchai Suthin has ordered Muang, Kosamphinakhon, Khanu Woralaksaburi and Khlong Khlung districts to alert residents to prepare to secure their belongings and livestock, as the upstream Bhumibol dam in Tak province will release 40 million cubic metres of run-off a day from the North.

    In Uthai Thani, Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap, along with provincial governor Wanchai Osukhonthip, inspected the flood situation in the province before updating Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in a video conference.

    Gp Capt Anudith said the province was hit by severe floods on Aug 29 particularly in low-lying areas adjacent to the Chao Phraya and Sakae Krang rivers in Muang district. The flooding in these areas is expected to continue for two months, he said.

    Ms Yingluck said yesterday morning on her first weekly 30-minute radio talk show that the flooding situation in many provinces has reached a critical level.

    She said the government would continue working to help the people in flooded areas, with full cooperation from all state agencies, including the police and armed forces.

    The government has raised its emergency budget for each provincial governor from 50 million baht to 100 million baht, she added.

    Meanwhile, the situation in Chiang Mai has almost returned to normal after flood water receded.

    Natural Resources and Environment Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk said during his visit to the province that more than 300 officials had been mobilised to clean up the city area and to inspect damages.

    The level of the Ping River had already receded below the critical point, he said.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 206:All of Ayutthaya province a disaster area

    Flood death toll 206
    Published: 2/10/2011 at 10:56 AM
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    The death toll from widespread flooding throughout the country now stands at 206, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department announced on Sunday.

    The department said a total of 150 districts in 23 provinces are still flooded, affecting more than 1.8 million people.

    The 23 provinces are: Sukhothai, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and Chiang Mai.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 206:All of Ayutthaya province a disaster area

    Up to 50,000 may have to quit Sing Buri
    PM inspects damage to destroyed sluice gate

    Published: 3/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    Up to 50,000 residents of In Buri district of Sing Buri may be evacuated if the broken dyke at the Bang Chom Sri water sluice gate cannot be fixed fast enough, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday.

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    Floodwater keeps rising in many parts of Sing Buri province, isolating many temples. PHOTOS BY PATTANAPONG HIRUNARD

    Ms Yingluck made an aerial inspection of the gate aboard a helicopter and later checked the damage from the ground.

    She said if the dyke was not repaired fast enough to slow the water now gushing through the breached spots into farmland and residential areas, around 40,000-50,000 residents may have to be evacuated to nearby military barracks.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 206: 50,000 on evacuation standby

    Probe into skimming of flood cash
    Published: 3/10/2011 at 12:00 AM
    Newspaper section: News

    PHITSANULOK : The provincial governor has ordered an inquiry into claims that village heads and their assistants have been extorting part of the compensation money paid to flood-hit farmers in Bang Rakam district.

    The latest floods in Phitsanulok and several other provinces nationwide prompted the government to develop the Bang Rakam Model for faster responses and better solutions to floods.

    Phitsanulok governor Preecha Ruangchan has set up a committee to investigate the claims to resolve any flaws in the model before it can be implemented.

    Ten villagers from Bang Rakam recently lodged a complaint with Bang Rakam district chief Thongchai Thungphodaeng that their community leaders, including village heads and aides, had extorted part of the flood compensation money paid by the government.

    The government has agreed to pay farmers 2,222 baht per rai of flood-damaged crops.

    The villagers said they had to give between 4,000 baht and 30,000 baht of their overall compensation to village heads or assistant village heads.

    Another group of villagers also lodged a complaint over the matter with the complaints centre at the provincial hall.

    Provincial clerk Wattana Kannaphan, who heads a committee looking into the issue, said the panel would question both the affected villagers and local leaders to get to the bottom of the allegations and to ensure fairness in compensation distribution.

    The panel will need at least one week to investigate and uncover the facts and then will forward its findings to the provincial governor for further action, Mr Wattana said.

    Resident Chao Phanpiam said that when the compensation money was paid into farmers' Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives accounts, a village head would call the farmers and tell them to give him part of the money.

    Mr Chao said he had received about 47,000 baht in compensation for his 22 rai of crops damaged by floods, but he had to give about 4,400 baht of this to the village head.

    Mr Chao said he also filed a police complaint as he received threats after going public with his claims.

    Wirat, a farmer, called on state agencies to probe village heads of Moo 6 and Moo 15 in tambon Bang Rakam and a village head of Moo 10 in tambon Chumsaeng Songkhram.

    Mr Wirat claimed the three village heads had extorted between 4,000 baht and 30,000 baht of the compensation money from each of the flood-hit farmers.

    Farmer Sumalee Klinchan said villagers in tambons Chumsaeng Songkhram, Bang Rakam and Khui Muang had been forced to pay about 4,400 baht each. Many of them were reluctant to alert authorities.

    She also said that in previous floods, village heads had extorted part of the compensation equal to one rai of damaged crops from each farmer.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 206: 50,000 on evacuation standby

    Bhumibol Dam nearly full
    Published: 3/10/2011 at 11:05 AM
    Online news: Local News

    Bhumibol Dam is now almost full with 12.74 billion cubic metres of water, or more than 94 per cent of capacity, and Tak authorities are urgently evacuating villagers from the vicinity.

    Tak governor Samart Loyfa said Monday authorities had prepared boats and temporary shelters for people living near Bhumibol Dam in Sam Ngao district, as many of their houses were already inundated.

    Reports said the Bhumibol Dam must increase its discharge rate from 45 million cubic metres a day to 52 million cubic metres a day as the water level continues rising.

    The province of Kamphaengphet was also expected to face more flooding as about 136 million cubic metres of water from Wang and Ping rivers would soon flow into the Chao Phraya River, reports said.

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    Re: Flood disaster death toll rises to 206: 50,000 on evacuation standby

    Historical fort flooded in Ayutthaya
    Published: 3/10/2011 at 12:44 PM
    Online news: Local News

    Two-metre sandbag barriers have failed to protect a 500-year-old fortress in Ayutthaya from rising flood waters, reports said on Monday.

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    The surging waters had entered Phet Fortress (Pom Phet) even as more than 100 staff from the Fine Arts Department were urgently stacking up more sandbags and draining water from the old site.

    An official at Pom Phet said the barriers were destroyed by strong water currents caused by boats.

    The water level was this morning above one metre in Ayutthaya's Muang district.

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