Heavy rains cause problems in Ubon Ratchathani

I can’t afford to be over dramatic with my headline today (unusual for me) because I am not in Ubon at the moment but in fact somewhere in rural Krabi down in southern Thailand.

I was speaking with John, the new owner of Peppers this morning and he told me mentioned that Ubon town had received a spot of rain over night and into the morning. He wasn’t half wrong it would seem! I noticed on Facebook local Ubonites mentioned flooded yards and water lapping at the doors of their homes.

John sent me a few pics which are not that good quality as they were taken on his phone camera but they still give a good indication as to the amount of water laying around his house in central Ubon.

My wife called her sisters who live 100km south of Ubon and they said they were also experienced very heavy and possible devastating rains. Can any of you local readers fill me in with any other details?

*EDIT* I have just noticed that my mate Jason who lives close to John has updated his blog showing some serious flooding photos. Click here to have a look. I think I should change my headline to “Flooding causes havoc in Ubon Ratchathani”

6 responses to “Heavy rains cause problems in Ubon Ratchathani

  1. O’ouu, in my blog, I got few photos from guideubon website too! :), by the way, has your house been flooded as well?

  2. We live some 80k’s away from the big smoke and had some thunder, lightning, wind and rain last night. More rain today, not heavy and no wind. We were able to fill up our 2 cement “jugs” and our stainless steel water tank so we should be OK for the next 12 months for sweet drinking water. The rain has enabled the local farmers to plough and rake the fields so they are able to plant their rice and to be able to live for another year. Me? Not really happy, my dial up fails miserably when it rains!

  3. All I can say is that there is still not enough rain for the farmers and not enough for dams to get through next years dry season.

    A complete disaster for northeast rice farmers in many parts. While the rain has enabled farmers to plant rice, this is very late in the season. There is only about 6 more weeks of wet season to go.

    Most cultivars planted now produce inflorescences based on day length and not maturity. In late October-early November they will produce seed heads but because they will not have enough time to tiller out, there will be very few seed heads per plant. Thus seed yields will be low. There will be enough rice to fed the family but probably not enough to sell and export. Rice prices in the market will double.

    I doubt that the government will have the guts to regulate rice exports like Russia has done with wheat.

    Back to the rain. Countless cars with petrol engines were stranded on roads while diesel pickups churned through the water.

  4. Michael. I do not have your intimate knowledge I just go by my extended family’s thoughts. I think I can see to what you are alluding (if that is a word) special care is taken for each years crop especially when comes harvest time. Father can tell which is good rice in a field and which is not. In fact he can tell which is good rice in one field and which is not. He teaches to keep the good rice rice for next years crop and to sell/consume the rest. Next year under his guidance we will have the very best of this seasons crop to replant and if not good enough I am sure he will have some of the good stuff from years gone by to replant. I am learning (I hope) that face value is more than skin deep!! A true farmer any where in the world understands the land. K

  5. Kris it is simply this. This years rice planting is far too late to get a decent crop yield. Most northeast rice, on poor soils, should be planted in June-July, with mid August being the very latest one can expect rice to produce a reasonable yield. This year we have seen a very long drought in many provinces extending into August. Rice was either planted and died or not planted at all.

    In the fields it is all action now as the farmers are hoping that they will at least get enough rice to support their families.

    But will there be enough rice to sell or export? Here the government must look closely at rice security for its people. We don’t want retail prices to sky-rocket causing hardship for the urban population.

    But knowing how this government thinks it will be full on to export and keep the baht strong. That’s what happened with sugar; hence the high sugar prices and in some areas shortages. Don’t get me started on cassava.

  6. Thank you Michael. I reckon you are spot on!! K

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