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28 June 2017 Last updated 1 hour ago

Thailand – Floods in South Leave 21 Dead, Over 1 Million Affected

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) report that 21 people have now died in the floods affecting southern provinces of the country.

At least 11 provinces are in emergency situations as a result of flooding which has affected over 1 million people. Thai Meteorological Department have forecast further heavy rain until Tuesday, 10 January.

Nakhon Si Thammarat airport closed from 06 January and will possibly re-open today, 09 January. Thai news agency NNT said that the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat has suffered its worst flood crisis in 30 years with 300,000 people affected and seven people dead.

Unusually heavy rain for this time of year, influenced by low depression and the strong northeast monsoon, has caused widespread flooding in southern provinces of Thailand since 01 January, 2017.

This is the second deadly flood event within a month in south Thailand. At least 11 people died and 350,000 were affected after flooding struck southern provinces in December 2016.

As of 07 January the affected provinces included Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Songkhla, Phattalung, Trang, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Krabi, Surat Thani, Chumphon and Ranong.

DDPM said that 91 districts, 569 sub-districts, 4,205 villages, 330,318 households and over 1 million people have been affected. Damages have been reported to 218 roads, 59 bridges, 5 government facilities, 11 schools and 5 mosques.

Heavy rain over the last 48 hours has caused flooding in the province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.