Flooding has caused more than 70 million baht in damage across Songkhla as local businesses struggle to recover.
However, the severity of the situation in the southern provinces has abated as water levels continue to recede.
Wasan Chaithaweewong, acting chief of the Songkhla Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said 16 districts of Songkhla were ravaged by flood water, causing around 72 million baht in damage.
Inundation paralyses land, air transport
Rising flood water forced Nakhon Si Thammarat airport to temporarily close yesterday, while land transport in many areas of the South remain paralysed due to widespread flooding.
The airport announced the temporary closure after a runway was flooded and water damaged the power system.
Airport director Suksawat Sukwanno said yesterday the turnpad of Runway No 19 was submerged and power and air navigation systems were out of order.
If the rain stops soon, the airport may reopen today.
Large areas of eight provinces remained flooded in the South on Thursday, with six lost lives attributed to flooding since Saturday and more heavy rain on the way.
Flooding continues in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala, Chayapol Thitisak, directorgeneral of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said.
More than 385,000 people in 2,540 villages were affected, and six people had died since Nov 25 There was flooding in all districts of Narathiwat, Phatthalung and Yala.
More heavy rain is forecast in the South with new flood warnings issued for 12 provinces in the region, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Monday.
Director-general Chayapol Thitisak issued the alert for Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phangnga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Satun, Songkhla, Trang and Yala provinces.
He said the northeastern monsoon had caused flooding in seven southern provinces since Saturday --Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang and Yala.
WRITER: WAEDAO HARAI
NARATHIWAT: Low-lying areas in seven districts of Narathiwat have been hit by flash floods triggered by storm runoff from the mountains, local authorities said.
Parts of Sukhirin, Waeng, Sungai Kolok, Cho Airong, Rangae, Rueso and Si Sakhon districts are affected, with residents evacuating to higher ground, along with their personal belongings, vehicles and farm animals.
Guards are being deployed around-the-clock to prevent theft.