Thailand: floods claim 34 lives hinh anh 1Flood triggered by heavy rains in Ubon Ratchathani province of Thailand (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Bangkok (VNA) – Floods and landslides caused by tropical storms and monsoon since late August have killed 34 people and affected the lives of more than 400,000 people in 32 northern and northeastern provinces of Thailand.

Chayaphol Thitisak, Director General of the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), said tropical storms "Podul" and "Kajiki," as well as the southwest monsoon in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand since Aug. 29 caused floods and landslides in 7,115 villages in 182 districts, affecting 418,549 households.

As of September 19, more than 20,000 victims in four northeastern provinces are still awaiting evacuations from floods.

According to Chayaphol, the DDPM is collaborating with military and local offices to evacuate the victims

Apart from deploying means of transport to help evacuate villagers from their homes along with their belongings, the DDPM have installed several water pumps to help divert floodwater from critical areas, as well as providing food, drinking water and survival kits to flood victims.

Also on September 19, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha made an inspection tour of Ubon Ratchathani province, one of the four localities hit hardest by floods. The PM is scheduled to visit Wari Chamrap district, where the worst flooding in the province has submerged two-storey houses./.