Thailand has been subjected to heavy rain across most of the country for the last few days. All the way down from Chiang Mai in the north, and across Isan, Northeast Thailand. The three Isan provinces most badly affected by this unseasonal rain are Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai. Residents in each of these Isan provinces have been subjected to hardship and danger as a result of this flooding.
In Nong Khai, the Mekong River has busts its bank in many places, and the flood water from the Mekong River has only worsened the flooding in this area. Flood water in the Nong Khai area has been measured up to depths of 30 centimeters or more, deeper in some places along the banks of the Mekong River. Local people tell that the storm drains have been entirely incapable of moving this volume of water, and that flooding in Nong Khai is a regular occurrence, yet the That Government does little to solve the problem.
The local Chaiyaphum Governor, Phonsak Chiaranai, was quick to act, after seeing the state of the flood water accruing in the city’s storm drains. He instructed workers to route the flood water into the Rive Chi. In the long run however, this proved to be ineffectual, as the flood water rose. Phonsak Chiaranai did the best he could, and he cannot be blamed for the dire state of Thailand’s infrastructure.
In Nakhon Ratchasima major flooding of the Hua Thale/Chakkarat Road took place, caused by rainwater that had fallen on the forest, running off onto the road. The water was over a meter deep in some places. This forced some local residents to move their belongings to a safer spot. The military from the local Suranari Camp attempted to help by trying to unblock many of the storm drains. However, this was not enough to stop major flooding occurring in Nakhon Ratchasima.
The weather forecast for most Isan Provinces indicates more rain to follow in the coming days, and the flooding situation is likely to become much worse before it gets better.
By Cam Khao