BANGKOK — December 5, 2016: The number of fatalities in southern Thai floods has increased to 11, with two persons listed as missing after being swept away by swift currents.
Three deaths occurred in Nakhorn Sri Thammarat and two each in Surat Thani, Songkhla, Phatthalung and Pattani.
Torrential rains are however beginning to ease in Surat Thani while heavy downpour continues in several provinces. More than 366,000 people in 68 provinces are affected, said chairman of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Chatchai Promlert today.
Other provinces affected include Chumphon, Krabi, Trang, Yala and Narathiwat.
The flooding in southern Thailand began last week after several days of non-stop rain.
Fourth Army chief Lt. Gen. Piyawat Nakwanich toured areas in Phatthalung with senior officers and instructed all personnel to be on standby round-the-clock.
The level of water in flooded areas in Muang, Khuan Kanun, Papayom and Kongra remains high as there’s still heavy rain. Intense downpour and flooding has not spared the tourist island of Koh Samui either.
Nakhorn Sri Thammarat deputy governor Khajonkiat Rakpanicmanae said 15,878 people in the province have been evacuated.
The authorities have asked all south-bound trains to stop at Thung Song in Nakhorn Sri Thammarat. — Bernama