BANGKOK -Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Director-General Chatchai Phromlert said on Monday that the flood situation remains critical in 183 districts of 28 provinces nationwide, affecting some 500,000 households.
The flooding situation in several eastern provinces of Thailand remains critical on Wednesday, with flood victims unable to contact the outside world, Thai News Agency .
The worst is yet to come for residents of Kabin Buri and other districts who are up to their chests in floodwater in Prachin Buri
province, with a fresh deluge predicted for Friday.
Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said on Wednesday that water running off from high areas in Aranyaprathet and Muang districts of Sa Kaeo was flowing towards Kabin Buri and expected to hit the town area by Friday.
At least two plants located inside Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chon Buri province, near Bangkok, have decided to close for two days after their owners found that floodwaters have surrounded the plants, causing inconvenience to workers to come to work. Mobile flood barriers have been set up while guards are on alert round-the-clock.
Water runoff has cut off a road passing through a wildlife conservation forest in the central Ratchaburi province, preventing some 130 students who went there for activities earlier to leave the forest. Rescue officials have to build a temporary wooden bridge for use to help the students.
Authorities in the northern province of Phichit, meanwhile, have admitted that it would take a few weeks for flood in the province to recede. More than 20,000 rai (approximately 8,000 acres) of rice fields has been inundated for than a week now.
In the capital city of Bangkok, Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Wiboon Sanguanpong on Wednesday ordered the governors of flooded provinces during a meeting to accelerate on assisting victims, including handing cash assistance.