16 provinces still inundated
- Published: 27 Oct 2013 at 12.36
- Online news:
Sixteen provinces are still suffering the effects of flooding, with 174,970 people in 3,162 villages in 62 districts affected, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said on Sunday.
Of the 16, the situation is still critical in Chachoengsao and Prachin Buri.
Four provinces remained affected at a moderate level: Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram and Ayutthaya.
Ten provinces are still affected at a minor level. They are Nakhon Nayok, Chon Buri, Khon Kaen, Si Sa Ket, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Prakan, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom and Lop Buri.
Mr Chatchai said that since Sept 17, flooding had hit 47 provinces, affecting 1.2 million people, damaging 31,523 houses, 6,078 roads, 3.5 million rai of farmland and 4.2 million livestock. Eighty people were killed.
In Nakhon Ratchasima, water levels are still high at riverside communities in Chalerm Phra Kiat and Phimai districts.
As for Nakhon Ratchasima, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has ordered the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department and the Royal Irrigation Department to quickly drain water out of economic areas and the Phimai Historical Park.
For other provinces, the prime minister has instructed all related agencies and MPs to conduct rehabilitation work and assess damage made to the people's property and farmland in order to be able to quickly pay compensation to those affected.