Flooding situation in South deteriorates as more heavy rains are expected throughout the week

As flood situation in the South deteriorates, the Meteorological Department today forecasts more heavy to very heavy rains to hit 12 southern provinces from today until Friday.

The heavy rains and high waves are expected from the approach of the low pressure system in the South China Sea passing through the Lower South and the Andaman Sea during November 28-December 1.

The low pressure wind will cause heavy to very heavy rains in vast areas in the Lower South. Flash flood, surface flood and flooding in enclosed areas.

Affected provinces are Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun.

It also said 2-3 metres high waves are expected in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It warned people living near the eastern shores to brace for strong and high waves hitting the shores during the period.

Meanwhile the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director general Mr Chayapol Thitisak said preparation has been made to assist people in 12 southern provinces to be affected by flooding.

He said so far 53,188 families comprising 166,000 people are affected by flooding in eight southern provinces since 25-27.

One people drowned in the flood in Songkhla, he said.

Meanwhile the flooding situation remains critical in the South, particularly in Phatthalung and Songkhla where all districts have been declared disaster areas.

In Songkhla, six districts have been affected and 18 schools are closed. A bridge over U Tapao canal is almost destroyed by the raging water.

In Trang, five districts including the provincial seat are under water more than one metre deep in some areas. Many parts of roads in Ratsada district are under 10-40 cm deep water. A bridge in the provincial seat was eroded by a torrent of water.

In Yala province, flooding continues on the second day due to intense rain for two consecutive days.

Sai Buri and Pattani rivers overflow and flooded low-lying areas in the provincial seat.

River bank communities are under 1.30 meters flood water

One resident was reportedly drowned while fishing. The province’s biggest second-hand market is closed as roads and shops are flooded. Traders said almost all of their commodities were damaged.

In Yala’s Betong district, mudslide hit an outer part of a house and the roof of a schools canteen. No one was injured in the incident.

In Narathiwat, the Su-ngai Kolok River overflowed its banks, flooding riverside communities in three districts. Forest run-off flowed down from Budo-Su-ngai Padi mountain range in Bacho district. A national park ordered closure of Pajo waterfall while officials monitor the water situation around the clock.