Floods in Thai­land’s north­east kill 23

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Heavy rains have brought some of the worst floods in years to Thai­land’s ru­ral north­east where 23 peo­ple have died over the past month, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day. Flash floods have dis­rupted air travel, in­un­dated rail tracks and swal­lowed farm­land across the rice-farm­ing re­gion of Isaan, af­fect­ing more than one mil­lion Thais. Twenty-three peo­ple have died since July 5, the disas­ter depart­ment said in a daily up­date. All were swept away by flood­wa­ters and drowned, an of­fi­cial said.

Junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha flew to the hard­est-hit province of Sakon Nakhon yes­ter­day to in­spect a reser­voir that had cracked un­der the down­pour, trig­ger­ing flash floods. “Sonca Storm caused flood­ing in more than 35 prov­inces,” he told res­i­dents, re­fer­ring to a tropical storm that re­cently blew over from the South China Sea.

“Thai peo­ple need to un­der­stand that this area is a flood risk be­cause we are fac­ing global warm­ing,” added the junta chief, who joined res­cue boats to hand out sur­vival kits to stranded fam­i­lies. Ten prov­inces are still bat­tling se­vere floods as rains con­tinue to lash the up­per part of the north­east, ac­cord­ing to the weather bu­reau. In Jan­uary un­sea­sonal mon­soons del­uged Thai­land’s south, leav­ing over 30 dead and wreck­ing in­fras­truc­ture across the re­gion.—AFP

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