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Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Reports Flood Death Toll Rises to Thirty

Residents sit on a loader and boat as it makes its way down a flooded street at Srimahaphot district in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok

Residents sit on a loader and boat as it makes its way down a flooded street at Srimahaphot district in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok

BANGKOK – the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has reported that nearly 3 million residents of 12,667 villages in 250 districts of 33 provinces have been affected by flooding since Sept 17.

The department confirmed that the death toll from the floods rose to 30 as of Friday morning – 11 in Surin, nine in Si Sa Ket, five in Prachinburi, two each in Nakhon Nayok and Yasothon, and one in Sakaeo.

Official figures obtained from residency rolls listed the following as damaged by the floodwaters: 14,703 houses, 2,168,466 rai of farmland, 4,947 roads, 201 bridges, 218 schools, 325 temples and 56 state office buildings.

In Ubon Ratchathani and Si Sa Ket, more than 15,000 people were moved to higher ground for their safety.

As of Friday, floods have receded and the danger has ended in Kanchanaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Phayao, Lampang and Mae Hong Son. Still affected are two million people in 8,020 villages in 24 provinces.

The department issued a warning of heavy rain over the next few days in Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Petchaburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phuket.

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