Northeastern provinces under close watch
Of 32 flood-affected provinces, 7 provinces have seen improvement while the situation in the remaining 25 provinces particularly in the Northeast is under close watch, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.
The floods, which since September 17 have killed 22, have affected 2.8 million people (809,646 households), 11,400 houses, and 1.943 million rai of agricultural land. The floods affected 4,265 roads, 174 bridges and 515 dykes.
According to Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the department, the water level in 7 provinces has receded - Kanchanaburi, Chumphon, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Nakhon Ratchasima, Kalasin, Phayao and Mae Hong Son.
Under close watch now are provinces in the low-lying areas, which could be affected by the release of water from dams and reservoirs, he said.
The arrival of typhoon Wutip today, to first hit Thailandâ€™s Nakhon Phanom, would also lead to heavy rains in the upper part of the Northeast. Chatchai said that this could worsen the situation in some already-inundated provinces.
As of today, among 21 provinces at risk of flash floods, eight are in the Northeast - Surin, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Buri Ram, Amnatcharoen, Chaiyaphum, Yasothon and Mukdahan.
Along the Chao Phraya River and Tha Chin River, 21 districts of Ayutthaya, Ang Thong, Sing Buri and Suphan Buri have been affected.