The three southernmost provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani are hard-hit by flooding today (Dec 1) with water level steadily increasing from swollen rivers due to continuing heavy rain.
Situation in Pattani appears to be the worst as the province is at the receiving end of water mass from Yala and Narathiwat flowing into the Pattani and Sai Buri rivers in Pattani.
The Pakaharang community in Pattani’s Muang district, for an example is under 1.5 metre of water and an evacuation centre has been set up on the high ground to accommodate evacuees from the community.
The flood-prone Jabangtikor community in the municipal area is under 60-cm deep of water, but the residents still stay put in their houses.
Almost every road in the municipal area is flooded in 50-cm deep of water as residents are stocking up food, drinking water and other necessities for fear that they may be a shortage of supplies if flooding continues unabetted.
Pattani mayor Pitak Korkiatpitak said residents had been warned to brace for more water and to keep themselves abreast with official notices.
In Nong Chik district, floodwater now averages one metre deep and more than 300 households as well as Nong Chik hospital have been affected.
Dr Anuchit Wangthong, Nong Chink hospital director, said if floodwater continue to rise, the hospital may have to suspend service. He said two patients had been transferred to provincial hospital.
Sandbags wall has been set up to prevent floodwater from flowing into the hospital building.
In neighbouring Yala province, eight districts have been declared disaster zones. Officials said that about 22,000 households have been affected and two people were drowned.
Thirteen districts of Narathiwat are also under water while the swollen Sungai Kolok water is threatening to pour more water into residential areas.