HEAVY rain last evening led to forest runoffs gushing into well-known Baan Dan Kwian pottery market in Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat) province causing minimum 20 million baht damage, Naewna newspaper said this morning (May 17).
The floodwater flowing swiftly at this village, famed for producing ceramics and pottery decorative ware and ornamental vessels, reached a metre high across the market’s 15-rai stretch on Ratchasima-Chokchai road but this morning it had dropped off.
Even so, over a hundred shops are still submerged with the floodwater remaining 30-40 centimetres high and a large number of ceramic and pottery pieces including decorative figurines, jars, pots and replicas were damaged.
Many merchants were depressed at the loss they have suffered with damage ranging from 100,000 to 1 million baht and adding up to not less than 20 million baht.
Mrs. Pathum Phumsaket, the owner of a large pottery shop, said it rained for three hours yesterday and the forest runoff flowed in very quickly leaving no time to move her goods. Most of the shop’s pottery and ceramic pieces have been damaged causing hundreds of thousand baht damage.
She added that she has been in this village for 60 years and had never seen this severe flooding and that she did not know how to move on from this disaster.
Other shopkeepers likewise complained that they had already suffered big losses due to the Covid pandemic having dramatically decreased sales and now the flooding had added another major loss.
However most of them said they would get their staff to clean their shop and restore and repair their objects and reopen for sale soon.
Flooded pottery and ceramic objects at Baan Dan Kwian market. Photos: Naewna