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Philippines storm toll hits 54
31/07/2011
The death toll from tropical storm Nock-ten rose to 54 in the Philippines as another approaching storm left two more people dead and caused a large ship to sink, the civil defence office said Sunday.
Nock-ten, named after a Laotian bird, blew out into the South China Sea on Thursday, but over 121,000 people are still being housed in government evacuation centres due to flooding caused by the storm, the council added.

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Thailand: North, Northeast inundated by effects of Nock-ten

1/08/2011



Heavy rains have caused havoc in several north and northeastern provinces as a tropical storm left some townships under 80 centimetres of water.

Tropical Storm Nock-ten, which caused the floods, had weakened into a low pressure area by late yesterday, although forecasters have warned of possible flash floods and landslides in the North today and tomorrow.

The storm landed in upper Vietnam early yesterday and had become a low pressure area by the time it reached Thailand from Laos.

The Meteorological Department said the low pressure area was moving westwards and would leave Thailand at Mae Hong Son province.

However, it was likely to cause widespread heavy rain today and tomorrow, and flash floods and landslides are expected in low-lying areas near waterways and hilly terrain in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Kamphaeng Phet and Tak provinces.

Although Nock-ten did not pass the Central Plains region, several low-lying areas in Ayutthaya province were flooded from overflows from the Noi River.
 

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Storm,flood threat to 13 north, NE provinces

August 1, 2011



Nong Khai was struggling yesterday with fierce flooding from six hours of heavy overnight rain under the influence of tropical storm Nock Ten, which had reached the Vietnamese coast.

Torrential rain in several other provinces in the Northeast as well as the North grounded several domestic flights.

Flatboats were deployed extensively to rescue stranded villagers in urban areas in Muang and Phone Phisai districts, where floodwaters were reported rising up to 80 centimetres.

In Mae Hong Son, flashfloods ravaged several resorts in Pai district, driving tourists to high ground and prompting evacuations, while lowlying villages were also inundated.

Many Nok Air flights in the northern province were cancelled, forcing tourists to use ground transportation to get to and from Chiang Mai. A Nok Air plane returned to Chiang Mai after failing to land in Mae Hong Son because of poor visibility from rain and fog.

All seven district chiefs have been ordered to stay on alert to monitor the flood situation and calls for emergency relief operations, Governor Kamthorn Thawornsathit said.

All state hospitals in the North and Northeast have been put on standby for flashfloods and emergency medical services. They were ordered directly by the Public Health Ministry to build barriers and move equipment to upper floors, stockpile medicine and supplies, evacuate patients and prepare to serve local residents through mobile units.

The latest weather forecast predicted flashfloods in 13 north, northeastern and eastern provinces as Nock Ten approached.

Another statement, reporting weather conditions for today, tomorrow and Wednesday, warned of flood risks in other provinces further west as Nock Ten moves inland.

Fishing trawlers were advised not to venture offshore in both the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea from yesterday to Thursday due to high swells.
 

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Bangkok-north-bound train services suspended

SRT suspends all north-bound trains
Deluge from Nock-ten storm submerges tracks
2/08/2011

The State Railway of Thailand has announced that it will temporarily suspend all north-bound train services after tracks were submerged under floodwaters triggered by the tropical storm Nock-ten, which has since weakened to a low pressure area.

Four express and special express trains scheduled to leave Bangkok for Chiang Mai between 6pm and 10pm had to be cancelled late yesterday.

The cancellations came as water levels had not receded and several sections of track were still submerged.

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Nock-ten weakened to a tropical depression and subsequently to a low pressure area as it moved over Laos and then entered upper Thailand on Sunday, causing incessant rain in vast areas.

Torsak Wanitkhachorn, director-general of the Meteorological Department, said Nock-ten had petered out as of Sunday, with the heavy rains currently being endured in Bangkok, Tak and Mae Hong Son provinces caused by the influence of the seasonal monsoon.

The seasonal monsoon was expected to ease in the next few days, said Mr Torsak.
 

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Nock-Ten flooding ravages 14 provinces in North, Isan
3/08/2011 at 12:00 AM

Floodwaters caused by tropical storm Nock-Ten inundated 14 provinces in the North and Northeast, damaging wide swathes of farmland.

The storm, which dumped heavy rain on the region over the past few days, claimed at least one life and affected 14 provinces, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

The affected provinces are Phrae, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Nan and Bung Kan.

One man in Udon Thani drowned, said the department director general Wiboonpong Sanguanpong.

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In a related development, Bangkok-Chiang Mai train services were suspended again yesterday afternoon despite having resumed for a few hours from the morning, as a section of track in Lampang became submerged.


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Good day for a swim

we went to the beach (Chanthaburi coast, approx 40/60km between Koh Samet and Koh Chang) yesterday expecting to see huge waves and stormy seas as a side-effect of Nock-ten in the Gulf of Thailand.
But just another wet-season day, water stirred up, small choppy waves, water dirty near the river-mouths due to silt washing down the river, but otherwise ok for swimming in the right places - plenty of 'no swimming' signs though.
 

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6 die, 6 go missing in landslides, flooding
4/08/2011

Six people were reported dead and six missing in flood-related and landslide incidents in three of the provinces affected by tropical storm Nock-Ten.

There was one death in Sukhothai, two in Phrae and three in Mae Hong Song yesterday, according to unofficial reports from local administration and health authorities.

On Monday, one person died as a result of the storm in Udon Thani.

The storm has unleashed widespread floods in the North and Northeast. Water from the northern provinces has submerged many low-lying areas in downstream provinces in the Central Plains.

Yesterday, three people, two of them boys, were killed in a landslide triggered by persistent heavy rain in Sop Moei district of Mae Hong Son.
 

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Bangkok prepares for possible flooding

City steels for floods as storm wash nears
Death toll hits 20, more disaster areas declared

8/08/2011

Bangkok is bracing for the after-effects of Tropical Storm Nock-ten as the Chao Phraya River is expected to rise to a high of 1.7 metres on Wednesday.

The water level stood at a peak of 1.6m in Pak Khlong Talad yesterday, said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration's Department of Drainage and Sewerage.

The water is expected to reach 1.7m on Wednesday afternoon during high tide, said department chief Sanya Chenimit.

However, he said the water level is manageable as flood walls erected along the river banks are 2.5m high.

The BMA has installed water pumps and placed sandbags around 27 communities outside the flood walls.

Rapid deployment, anti-flood units will be mobilised to help residents in need.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has raised the death toll from the Nock-ten-triggered floods to 20 people nationwide.

The department reported three more deaths yesterday, taking the toll to 20 in 16 provinces from the North, Northeast and the Central Plains.

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Border-patrol policemen rescue flood victims from their marooned homes in Phrae's Wang Chin district.
 

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Riverside residents warned to prepare for floods
Tuesday August 9, 2011

Residents in seven provinces along the Chao Phraya have been told to brace for flooding that will overflow the river.

The alert from the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department prompted Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officials to check sandbag barriers in the capital yesterday.

The Nock Ten storm has left a trail of death and damage in its wake. More than 1.1 million people have been affected, with 20 killed, another missing and 11 others injured. Floods have swamped close to 620,000 rai of farmland, and disrupting life in 6,809 villages in 21 provinces.

Disaster Prevention chief Wibul Sanguanpong urged riverside residents in Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Angthong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Bangkok to brace for floods up till Wednesday. They should move belongings to higher ground and strictly follow news about the weather and orders from related agencies.

Wibul said 132 districts in 17 provinces - Phrae, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Uttaradit, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Tak, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani, Bueng Kan, Sakhon Nakhon, Phetchabun and Ayutthaya - were still flooded, affecting over a million people.

Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra yesterday inspected flood barriers along the Chao Phraya in Bang Sue and expressed confidence they would hold runoff that is expected to hit Bangkok on tomorrow, as the river could still take 2.5-3 metres more water.
 

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August 12, 2011
Nakhon Phanom is another province in the Northeast hit by flooding, the worst in 30 years according to the provincial relief office, after days of heavy rain.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra will begin a two-day trek tomorrow in the lower North, which has been hit hardest by flooding, to inspect the situation.

About 1,500 villages in all 12 districts in Nakhon Phanom have been under water, with two villagers drowned and 261,000 people in 63,522 households affected. About 234,000 rai (37,440 hectares) of farmland have been inundated and 1,166 fish farms flooded, with damage estimates reaching Bt30 million.

Relief office chief Jureerat Thep-art said half the flooded farmland would be a total loss, while the crops in the other half would die if water did not recede in 15 days. More than 3,400 survival kits have been given to affected villagers and 52,000 sets of dried grass to owners of cattle.
 

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August 18, 2011

As of yesterday's official count, 29 people had drowned and 200,000 had been affected by lingering floods in 12 provinces.

One person was missing in Mae Hong Son province, while Phrae has suffered the heaviest death toll at eight, Wibool Sa-nguamphong, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said yesterday.

Flood waters have receded in 15 provinces but remained high in 12, he said.

The flooding in the 27 provinces has affected 3.18 million people from 810,249 households in 247 districts, while in the 12 provinces still flooded, 215,075 people in 86,357 households in 68 districts have been affected.

The 12 provinces are Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet and Phitsanulok in the lower North; Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Nayok and Ayutthaya in the Central region; and Roi Et, Kalasin, Mukdahan and Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast.

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Eight provinces still hit by flooding
September 1, 2011

Flooding continues to wreak havoc in eight provinces, including Phichit, where at least 47 schools were shut down out of concerns for their students' safety.

The flood-related death toll across the country yesterday stood at 55, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD).

The eight provinces are Phichit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Ayutthaya, Angthong, Chai Nat and Ubon Ratchathani.

Bangkok braces as floodwaters rise
September 1, 2011

Riverside residential areas in Bangkok and other central provinces are at risk of flash flooding due to seasonally high tides.

The Chao Phraya in Bangkok was expected to reach this year's peak at around 8.30pm last night. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration said preventive measures were in place for 27 communities in 13 districts located outside the flood embankment wall.

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'Worst disaster in 100 years' hits Uttaradit

Published: 10/09/2011


Houses stand precariously after water run-off from the mountains ravaged villages in Nam Pat district of Uttaradit yesterday.

Three people have been killed and 12 others remain missing after their villages were hit by fierce run-off and mudslides in Nam Pat district of Uttaradit, in what was described as the worst disaster to hit the area in a century.

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On a more local level for us, been in Chanthaburi city last night and again this morning and the river higher is than I've seen it before; hasn't been so much rain locally, but as with many other areas it's runoff from the hills.

And a little history: 2nd pic is of a mural, one of three on a riverside wall 'in memory of houses washed away in the 1999 floods', 3rd pic is directly across the river in that flood, the Catholic cathedral, when much of the city was 70cm deep in water.
 

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Flood misery worsens in 35 of nation's provinces
Death toll reaches 82 with more than 570,000 people affected


13/09/2011

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has warned local residents in river basins in 35 provinces to beware of flash floods, landslides and mountain runoff due to heavy rains in the next few days.


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1. A child is helped to cross surging water on a makeshift bamboo bridge in Ban Huay Khom village of Nam Pat district, Uttaradit.
2. Buddhist monks at a temple in Tak’s Mae Sot district row a boat after flood waters burst through a concrete **** and inundated the area
3. More than 100 elephants are evacuated from WangChang Ayutthaya to temporary shelters after the Lop Buri and Pa Sak rivers overflowed and flooded their camp.
4. Soldiers use a sniffer dog to help locate bodies at a landslide site in Ban Ton Khanoon village of NamPat district, Uttaradit.
 

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Flooding concerns turn to Bangkok
Ayutthaya suffers after dam sluice gate collapses

15/09/2011

Water runoff from the North is threatening Bangkok as overflow from the Chao Phraya River has flooded part of Bang Pa-in district in Ayutthaya.


Walkway to safety
Villagers and flood response workers cross a makeshift bridge built by soldiers in Ban Ton Khanun, of Uttaradit’sNam Pat district, which was hit by mountain runoff and mudslides last week.

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On a local level, we went to Chanthaburi city yesterday - see attached pics of 'before and after', first two were taken Friday night when we were there for a riverside festival, second two of the same area yesterday as the river has gone over the banks and about 50-80cm deep through the street. Still water in the city streets near the river, but the lake is now back to it's normal size, full to the brim.
Very mild in comparison to the floods faced by people in other areas.
 

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Bangkokians brace for flash floods


September 21, 2011

Bangkok residents living by the Chao Phraya river are advised to brace today for possible swelling and ensuing flash floods, as water reaches a critical level as it travels southward to the capital.

Agriculture Minister Theera Wongsamut, citing the latest flood level update from irrigation resources, said the influx of water would reach 3,900 cubic metres per second while the Chao Phraya's critical level was at 3,720.

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Ministry makes child vaccinations top priority for mobile units

With an average of 5,000 people seeking help for floodrelated diseases and other health problems across the country each day, the Public Health Ministry has adjusted the operations of its mobile medical units, permanent secretary Phaijit Warachit said yesterday.

Patients have been prioritised into three groups: small children in need of immediate vaccination, who will be visited and administered injections right away; those requiring sustained care, such as pregnant women or those with disabilities, who will be visited periodically; and those with less serious problems, who are already catered to daily by 200 mobile units.

The official death toll stood at 158, with three people missing, yesterday. The number of people affected was 1,927,120. A total of 8,088 villages in 141 districts of 26 provinces are inundated.

The possibility of heavy rain remained high across the country, according to a weather forecast yesterday, with Bangkok and the three heavily flooded Central provinces of Lop Buri, Saraburi and Ayutthaya facing a 70percent chance of rain, along with Ubon Ratchathani in the Northeast. In other areas where rain was forecast, the likelihood was put at 60 per cent.

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Front row seats in the wet
Tourists get wet feet as they watch a royal barge procession rehearsal at the flooded Nagaraphirom public park by the Chao Phraya River in Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok, with the main pagoda of the Temple of Dawn in the background yesterday.
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The rainfall also pushed up the water level in the Ping River, which overflowed into Chiang Mai's town. Even the Night Bazaar was under a 50cm-70cm-deep flood.
Chiang Mai Night Bazaar executive Sitthiporn Techajongjintana said many shops had been forced to close and the flooding had cost them at least Bt100 million in lost trade opportunities.
At the Provincial Police Region 5 living quarters, the flood water was already waist-deep.

The Emergency Operations Centre for Floods, Storms and Landslides reported that flooding continued to rage in 21 provinces. Overflowing is also expected to worsen in the Chao Phraya Basin as run-off water from the upper parts of the country races downstream. Furthermore, the Nesat and Haitang storms will bring heavy downpours.
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Oct 16-18 critical for capital
October 7, 2011

Residents of many provinces face imminent flooding - or the worsening of existing flooding - as massive amounts of water move towards their areas from parts further north. The run-off water is set to reach Bangkok between October 16 and 18, which is also the high-tide period.



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