Over 86,000 Homes Damaged or Destroyed by Floods in Chiang Mai This Year

 | Tue 7 Nov 2017 07:25 ICT

CityNews – Over 86,000 homes were damaged because of flooding during this years monsoon season, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, Chiang Mai.

A report was published on November 7 identified that 86,373 homes were damaged or destroyed due to flooding this year, along with 17,329 rai of farmland across 22 districts in Chiang Mai.

This year, only three districts were unaffected by flooding – Phrao, Doi Tao and San Kamphaeng.

Regarding the report, Pairin Limcharoen, head of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, Chiang Mai, added that due to the long period of rainfall this year, the reservoirs have filled up by considerably larger amounts compared to last year. He said that the Mae Ngat Dam is currently at 96% capacity and the average capacity level of smaller dams in the area is around 87%.

“Although these figures are quite a relief for the upcoming dry season, I will still emphasis using water wisely,” said Pairin.