Nine southern provinces ravaged by floods; 5 killed

Widespread flooding is still ravaging nine provinces in the South, affecting 255,519 households, and five people have died in flood-related incidents, said Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on Saturday (Dec 2).

Mr Chayapol said that during the period between Nov 25-Dec 2 the northeast monsoon has brought heavy and caused widespread flooding in 10 southern provinces: Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Satun, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Krabi, affecting 4,338 villages with 805,220 people in 101 districts.

However, the situation has eased off in Krabi, but nine provinces are still hit by inundation.

Areas where flooding still prevails are: 12 districts in Pattani; eight in Yala; 16 in Songkhla; 11 in Phatthalung; eight in Trang; two in Satun; 13 in Narathiwat; 18 in Nakhon Si Thammarat; and, eight in Surat Thani.

A total of 800,432 people of 255,519 households are being affected.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has coordinated with military units, local administrations and local government offices to provide assistance to flood-hit people and set up evacuation centres.

Those in need of assistance can call hotline 1784 around the clock, Mr Chayapol said.