Disaster expert warns of major flooding next month

Central provinces warned of major flooding in October

Heavy rainfall and storms in October may cause major flooding in Central provinces, similarly to the one in 2006 but not as heavy as that in 2011, said an expert in natural disasters.

Assoc Prof Seree Supharatid said on Tuesday (Aug 22) provinces in the Central Region will probably face major flooding due to many factors, including heavy rainfall, which will start from September and continue into October, and several storms expected to head in the direction of Thailand.

The disaster expert said the flooding in October will be similar to the one in 2006 when a large volume of water from the North flowed to inundate low-lying areas in the Chao Phraya river basin such as Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi and Bangkok.

In 2006, the monsoon that swept across the North, Northeast and Central and several storms including “Chang San” caused widespread flooding in the Central provinces including Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Pathom.

In that year, the volume of water running past Nakhon Sawan was 4,600 cubic metres per second.

However, the flooding in October will not be as heavy as the one in 2011 which inundated 58 provinces, causing 446 deaths and nearly 10 billion baht damages.

He warned the people in risk areas to be on alert.  Farmers in the Chao Phraya and Thachin river basins should prepare to harvest their crops in advance, he added. – ThaiPBS

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