Widespread floods kill 32 people in Thailand's northeastern region hinh anh 1Floods in the last two weeks have submerged homes, roads, and bridges in northeastern Thailand (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
Floods triggered by torrential rain in the last two weeks have submerged homes, roads and bridges, caused landslides and forced more than 23,000 people to evacuate to shelters in northeastern Thailand.

The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) reported on September 14 that since August 29, 32 people have been killed by floods.

Storm Podul and a tropical depression that formed in the East Sea called Kajiki are behind the widespread floods, the department said.

The worst-hit province is Ubon Ratchathani, which borders Laos and Cambodia. Flooding in the province has been exacerbated by rising water levels in the Moon and Chi rivers.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered all armed forces to stand ready to assist effected people in the country’s northern and northeastern regions.

An estimated number of 4,000 soldiers and equipment are expected to be mobilised for the purpose./.