Flooding in the South remains critical

Massive flooding remains critical in several provinces as monsoon rains continue causing runoff from mountainous areas flowing down to inundate several urban communities.

Hard hit areas are in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Surat Thani, Chumphon, Phatthalung, and Songkhla.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat, one villager was reported drowned in Chalerm Phrakiat district.

To date, 15 people have died in the southern floods, according to Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chayaphon Thitisak.

Villagers in Tha Sala district have moved their belongings out of their houses to higher grounds on the road after the forest runoff has flooded their villages

At Tha Sala Hospital, the floodwater flows into the first floor for 30-50 centimetres high, causing the difficulty for both patients and hospital staff. But the hospital remains open.

Meanwhile continuous rainfall in Chumphon has caused the inundation in the provincial seat, Lang Suan, Lamae, Thung Tako, Sawi, Tha Sae, Pathiew, Phato districts.

Flood also submerged several rural roads and the main Asian Highway.

The Asian Highway 41 on the south bound lane at Pathomporn intersection is under 30 centimetres of floodwater.

At Lang Suan Hospital in Lang Suan district, the floodwater is increasing and reaching the top of the flood prevention wall. The officials urgently install the water pumps to drain the water.

In Surat Thani, the forest run-off has flooded a village at Ban Nam Cha on Don Sak sub-district of Don Sak district forcing immediate evacuation of villagers to stay at a temple and village heads home.

Meanwhile in Hat Yai district of Songkhla, efforts are now being made to protect the commercial area of this busiest southern town from runoff from U-Tapao canal which runs past the town to Songkhla lake.

Runoff from the canal has already outlying parts of Hat Yai town.

Flood prevention and mitigation officials and volunteers are now racing against time to secure the business area in Hat Yai.

More water-pushing vessels are deployed in U-tapao canal to speed up draining flood water into Songkhla lake.

But irrigation officials said draining is slow as the lake was also hampered by high tides.

However the water draining still.has to carry on as the waterside community of Bang Klam has been flooded for a week.

Besides Hat Yai, four other districts of Songkhla are also flooded affecting more than 200,000 residents in Ranot, Krasae Sin, Sathing Phra and Singha Nakhon.