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Floods in Thailand Kill 23, Force Thousands of Evacuations

Posted by feww on October 2, 2013

Flooding spreads to 32 of Thailand’s 77 provinces

Deadly floods have affected 32 of Thailand’s 77 provinces since mid-September, killing at least 23 people, affecting 2.85 million others and forcing at least 15,000 people to abandon their homes, said the Thai Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Floodwaters have also submerged at least a dozen provinces in Thailand’s central plains, the prime rice-growing region, since July; however, the authorities have not divulged full extent of the losses.

Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said on Friday floods had destroyed or damaged 6,900 houses [sic] 450,000 acres of farmland, 2,310 roads and 145 bridges.

The remnants of Typhoon WUTIP moved into the northern Thailand Late Monday dumping about 40mm of rain in the region.

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