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15,000 Rai Rice Destroyed, Levee Collapses as North Struggles With Flooding

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A farmer saves a rooster from flooding in Sukhothai.

Floodwaters that damaged more than 15,000 rai of rice fields in Thailand’s North have reached critical levels in Sukhothai were a dike collapsed on Monday.

Flooding has hit 382 villages in 25 districts of eight provinces: Nan, Phrae, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phayao, Uttaradit, Lamphun and Mae Hong Son. On Sunday, water flowing down from the North began inundating Sukhothai, flowing across a wide swath of riverside communities after floodwaters broke through a retention wall.

Nong Wong in Sawankhalok District was inundated Monday after five metres of the embankment washed away by strong currents on the Yom River.

Most houses there are one-story wooden homes at risk of collapse, so rescue workers helped evacuate children and the elderly to safe areas since the river began overflowing on Sunday.

Local residents said the current flood was the worst since the devastating floods in 2011.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday instructed all units of government to send more manpower, resources and relief supplies to hard-hit areas.

In Nan and Phrae, images from the Cosmo/SkyMed 1 satellite showed that 15,000 rai of rice fields have been affected, most of them along main rivers and canals.

There are 6,902 rai of damaged rice fields in Phu Phieng and Wiang Sa districts of Nan and 8,320 rai of damaged rice fields in Meuang Phrae and Song districts of Nan.

The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency forwarded its analysis to relevant authorities in order to determine guidelines for helping farmers in the area further.

Government spokeswoman, Ratchada Thanadirek said Mondy that the Department of Livestock Development is sendng 5,615 tons of additional animal feed, 335 tons of dried grass, 201 vehicles, 3,000 relief supplies for animals, 119 teams of veterinarians, and 357 personnel to help evacuate animals and provide medicine where needed.

Although the water level slightly dropped on Monday morning, the overall situation remains critical. Villagers are forced to wade through floodwater to buy food at the market.

The National News Bureau of Thailand contributed to this report.