Devastating floods spreading from northeastern Thailand have left 17 people dead over the past two weeks as heavy rainfall has put entire villages underwater, destroyed crops and disrupted transportation and commerce.
Twenty-eight of the country’s 77 provinces have been affected, including provinces just north of the capital, Bangkok. With the surge of water moving toward the mouth of the country’s largest river system, the government has warned residents in some parts of the capital to prepare for flooding in the coming days.
According to a report from Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, there have been more than 800,000 people affected by and 17 died in flood during Oct 10-21.
The flood also have caused nearly eight billion baht (US$256 million) in damages and would eat into the country's gross domestic product (GDP) by 0.08 per cent, according to the Centre for Economic and Business Forecast of the University of Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC).
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursday morning visited people suffering from the flooding in the central province of Lop Buri. Thai government is now revising a long-term plan to help flood victims.
Thai Flooding Is Called Worst in Decades [The New York Times, 21 Oct 2010]
Nationwide floods cause Bt7.7 billion damages: UTCC [MCOT, 21 Oct 2010]
PM wants long-term flood solution [Bangkok Post, 21 Oct 2010]