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Thai authorities are on high alert as heavy rains from tropical depressions in recent weeks have triggered floods across the country.
AYUTTHAYA: Thai authorities are on high alert as heavy rains from tropical depressions in recent weeks have triggered floods across the country.
Heavy torrential rains since mid-September have triggered floods in the north and northeastern parts of Thailand.
According to the independent flood-monitoring network, Thaiflood.com, 27 provinces have now been put on alert with three provinces severely affected, while nine others are in critical condition.
In Ayutthaya, one of the critical areas, preparations are underway to stave off the flood -- with dikes being erected along the banks of the Chao Phraya River as the water level continues to rise.
Located just 76 kilometres north of Bangkok and home to several industrial estates, many parts of Ayutthaya have already been inundated. The floods have damaged rice fields, temples, and communities in low lying areas.
Officials insist that the destruction from this year’s flood will not be as severe as in 2011 when flood waters inundated many provinces in the Chao Phraya basin, including Bangkok, for months -- disrupting the global supply chain of electronic and car parts.
So far, 1.7 million people have been affected.
The damage to agricultural areas and the disruption of trade have cost the economy an estimated US$160m.
The Royal Thai Army has mobilised almost 4,000 personnel to assist in the relief efforts around the country.
As more torrential rain is forecast for the next few days, questions remain on whether the preventive measures in place are enough to prevent the waters from reaching Bangkok and key industrial zones in the central part of the country.