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5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1


Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives reported on Sunday that over 5.33 million rai of agricultural areas several regions of Thailand have been affected by floods from September 1 to October 15.

“5.33 million rai of plantation in 48 provinces have been affected by floods, while the total number of affected farmers is estimated at 463,615,” said the ministry’s Centre for Agricultural Disaster Mitigation. “Of these, 3.61 million rai is rice paddy, 1.67 million rai is crops fields, and 39,500 rai is fruit plantations and others. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt6,700 per affected household.”

Fishery businesses in 38 provinces have also been affected by the floods with total damaged areas of over 57,000 rai, affecting about 40,900 farmers. The ministry will provide an initial financial aid of Bt22,272 per affected household in this group.

5.33 million rai of agricultural areas affected by floods since Sept 1

Livestock businesses in 15 provinces have been affected by the floods covering the areas of 6,938 rai. Over 44,600 farmers who raise 6.74 million animals have been affected. Of these, 6.34 million are poultry, about 195,000 are pigs, 150,000 cattle, and 51,300 goats and sheep. The department is still working on damage estimation and compensation.

Meanwhile, Royal Irrigation Department reported on Sunday (October 17) that flood situation in twenty provinces has yet to subside. These provinces are Nakhon Ratchasima, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Ubon Ratchathani, Lopburi, Saraburi, Ayutthaya, Singburi, Ang Thong, Phitsanulok, Phichit, Chai Nat, Suphan Buri, Uthai Thani, Roi Et, Trat, Chanthaburi and Prachinburi.
 

Published : October 18, 2021

By : THE NATION