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Flood In The South

After 3 days (4-6 November 2009) of heavy rain in southern part of Thailand (Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Satun, Patani, Yala and Narathiwat) where flash flooding taken place in the area. The heavy rains were unleashed by the strong monsoon over the gulf of Siam and Andaman sea.
A family of 4 were killed in mudslide in Yala province, 8 persons were feared dead after their houses buried in landslide in Narathiwat province, 2 persons were dead in Phattalung province, 15 houses were damaged in Chumphon province while Nakhonsri Thammrat province had declared calamity area over 17 out of 23 districts and Yala province had also declared calamity area over 6 out of her 8 districts. People are moved to the safety place and the casualties are not yet officially declared, now the rain is stop for 18 hours. The majority of 3 southern provinces’ private and government school were closed indefinitely.

The causes of sudden flooding in the area are varies, among the important causes of them are the environment and eco system had been destroyed, change or adopted by the government and private project in the area such as Dam, Irrigation canal, Soil fill or Land fill for houses construction or Mega projects, level adjustment or site preparation.

All these activities are largely destroyed the environment and eco-system for example they destroyed streams, canals, watercourse, natural ditches by soil fill or level adjustment and erected the building over them, in this way there’re no watercourses to flow the water down to the river where the river will flow quickly to the sea, the question is How and Why Patani and Banglam Dam on Patani river in Yala province could not protect flooding despite it was one of their main objectives?
Follow the answer in Patani dam, environment and eco-system facing threat3, soon.


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