12 southern provinces remain flooded

from Government of Thailand
Published on 10 Jan 2017 View Original

SURAT THANI, 10 January 2017 (NNT) - The South of Thailand has continued to suffer flash floods and widespread inundation, as rainfall persists in the region.

The Command Centre for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation revealed that a total of 12 provinces in the South of Thailand are currently dealing with the flood crisis. They include Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Ranong and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

In Surat Thani province, several homes and basic infrastructure in Bang Sawan subdistrict have been damaged by fallen trees and debris swept along in flash floods. Residents were forced to go without running water or electricity for over 24 hours, until authorities were able to restore power. One person reportedly drowned in the floodwaters.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan province, many residents of Bang Sawan district have been trapped in their homes, as the three local reservoirs were unable to contain the runoff from the Tanao Si Mountain Range, which eventually flooded several roads in the area. Governor Thawee Narissirikul denied rumors that the structural integrity of the reservoirs had been compromised.

The Royal Irrigation Department confirmed his statement, assuring that the reservoirs are still holding. The department explained that the inundation was the result of excess water released from the spillways. More than 1,000 people across five communities located in the vicinity of the reservoirs have already been evacuated to safer ground. Sandbags have also been placed around Bang Saphan Hospital to ensure that it remains unaffected by the deluge.

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Reporter : Nuppol Suvansombut

Rewriter : Benjamin Rujopakarn

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