Storms have caused havoc in 13 provinces with over 1,100 houses affected, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said yesterday.
This includes 11 provinces in the Northeast and two in the Central Plains, department director-general Chayaphon Thitisak said, adding 1,163 houses in 205 villages were affected from Tuesday to yesterday.
The department is working with military and provincial officers to speed up a survey on the damage done and distribute daily provisions and construction materials to local people, Mr Chayaphon said.
One person was killed by lightning as thunderstorms and strong winds wreaked havoc in 24 provinces this week, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Friday.
Fourteen of the provinces hit are in the Northeast, four in the North, two in the Central Plains, two in the eastern region and the two others in the South.
From Monday to Thursday, gusting winds damaged 1,239 houses and structures in 189 villages in 57 districts, and brought down trees and electricity poles that blocked roads, causing widespread local blackouts and disruption.
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.