THIALAND - Floods have affected more than 1.5 million people living in 86 districts in the lower Northeast region. About 1.6 million rai of farmland has been inundated, according to Piyachart Insawang, acting director of the Nakhon Ratchasima provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.
In that province, the flood-water level in six districts and sub-districts - Chum Phuang, Chok Chai, Khon Buri, Non Sung, Chalerm Prakiet and Lam Thamainchai - has remained constant, while in Phimai it is forecast to rise.
At the same time, a large amount of run-off from Lamtakong Dam has inundated Nakhon Ratchasima city. At least five low-lying communities close to the river have been severely affected and are under 30-50 centimetres of water. Thousands of residents have left their houses.
The Nakhon Ratchasima Lamtakong Operation and Maintenance Project reported that heavy downpours amid Tropical Storm Nari and monsoon conditions over the past 30 days were the main cause of floods in the province. However, officials expect that the flood waters will recede in the next seven days.
In Chaiyaphum, some 16 districts have been declared disaster zones. Twenty-two districts in Buri Ram have also been declared disaster zones, after the lower Lam Plai Mat River burst its banks and submerged three districts.
Meanwhile, three districts in Surin remain inundated.