Thai flood damages large area of rice paddy fields

18:17, October 21, 2010      

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Current major flood has damaged 2, 752 square kilometers of rice-paddy fields in key rice-growing regions of Thailand, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Thursday.

Nakhon Ratchasima, a major northeastern province, has so far been the hardest hit by the flood, seeing 800 square kilometers of its paddy fields go under water, a ministry official told Xinhua.

Another 1,120 square kilometers of other crops have also been destroyed by flood in various provinces, the official said.

The ministry has not yet estimated the damages in terms of production and value.

But the private Thai Rice Mills Association has estimated that rice production this year might drop by 15-20 percent to fewer than 20 million tons, according to media reports.

Thailand, one of the world's largest rice exporters, produced 23.3 million tons of rice in the last crop year.

From August to September this year, another 3,840 square kilometers of paddy fields were destroyed by earlier floods.

Rice-growing areas in the country total at 90,624 square kilometers.

Flood water is now pouring from the higher grounds in the north and northeast into the lower plains in central areas, which are also key rice-growing region, with more paddy filed feared to be damaged.

Source: Xinhua


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