JAKARTA, INDONESIA (20/09/2013) – A Tropical Depression has occurred in South China Sea and made a landfall on 18 September 2013. The AHA Centre has been closely monitoring the situation, and discovered that the Tropical Depression has been bringing high rain intensity to several areas in Thailand, Viet Nam, Lao PDR and Cambodia. Flooding, high wind and landslide were reported from those affected areas. The AHA Centre records detailed information on the impacts of the tropical depression in the ASEAN Disaster Information Network (ADInet).
In Thailand, today the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported that the provinces of Phitsanulok, Ayutthaya, Angthong, Kalasin, Surin, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani was hit by flash floods triggered by continuing heavy rain. In previous days, starting from 16 September 2013, DDPM also reported that four other provinces; Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan, Phitchit, and Loei have also been hit by floods. As per 20 September 2013, over 3,800 families have been affected and 1,000 houses damaged.
In Viet Nam, the Central Committee for Flood and Storm Control (CCFSC) reported that the provinces of Nge An, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Binh, Dak Lak, Kon Tum, Thu Thien Hue and Ha Tinh have been affected. Casualties are reported, with 3 death, 13 missing, 4 injured and 4,858 houses inundated.
In Lao PDR, the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) – Department of Social Welfare reported that the areas of Champasack, Saravanne, Sekong and Attapeu have been affected by the Tropical Depression, causing 2 death and 13,746 people affected.Local disaster management agencies are working together in providing necessary emergency relief operation and evacuation.
In Cambodia, the Tropical Depression has developed heavy rains that affected the provinces of Ratanakiri, Ouddoy Meanchey and Banteay Meanchey
Currently, the AHA Centre is monitoring this situation closely in coordination with respective National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs), as well as monitoring the possible impacts of Typhoon Odette (“USAGI”) that approaches the Philippines area and may continue towards Viet Nam.