Tropical Storm Dianmu brings flooding to northern and central regions of Thailand

Dozens of provinces in Thailand have suffered flooding after heavy rains brought by Tropical Storm Dianmu in recent days, according to rescue services in Thailand.

According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), floods have affected 58,977 households in 27 provinces of Thailand. Some of the affected areas had already been hit by flooding earlier this month after a period of heavy rains since Sept. 16 brought by the southwest monsoon.

According to imagery and data from the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand (GISTDA), the worst flooding is in the northern and central regions.

According to the DDPM, Sukhothai province in the north was the hardest hit, with 7,392 households affected, mostly in Sri Samrong, Hirimas and Muang districts. Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha visited flood-affected communities in Sri Samrong district in Sukhothai.

In the central region, severe flooding occurred in Lopburi province, where 37,451 households were affected. Over the past 2 days, the flooding has been particularly severe in neighboring Chaiyaphum province, where the Chi River and Lam Khan Chu reservoir dam have flooded up to 10,000 homes, mostly in Muang, Bamnet Narong and Chaturat districts.

The recent series of heavy rains began around September 23 under the influence of Tropical Storm Dianmu. In the 24 hours before Sept. 24, Ubon Ratchathani City received 146.6 mm of rainfall, according to the Meteorological Department of Thailand (TMD). The next day, 202 mm of rain fell in Tak Fa in Nakhon Sawan province and 182 mm in Phliu in Chanthaburi province.

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