BANGKOK, Oct 21 – Thailand’s disaster response service reports that 15 persons have died from flooding affecting the country in the past 10 days, but the capital has not yet been affected.
According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, 15 deaths occurred from Oct 10 through Oct 20, but Bangkok has not been affected by the northern run-off.
The Thai capital is prepared for possible flooding during the upcoming high tide.
The deaths were reported in eight provinces, with highest number of casualties being four each reported in Lopburi and Buriram provinces followed by three in Nakhon Ratchasima.
One person missing in Nakhon Ratchasima.
As flooding has hit 21 provinces in the upper part of the country so far, Bangkok is bracing for northern run-off estimated to sweep down the Chao Phraya River at speeds as high as 3,600 cubic metres per second. Local residents are warned to be on alert particularly during the October 24-26 high tide.