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Flood death toll hits 91, four people still missing

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The flood death toll in the South reached 91 yesterday. Four people remain missing, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

The deaths and missing persons were reported across 12 provinces, said Chatchai Promlert, DDPM director-general. These areas have been plagued by flooding since Dec 1 until Friday.

About 1.8 million people and 590,000 families have suffered from the floods' effects. The floods have also damaged 4,314 roads, 348 bridges, 270 drains, 126 weirs, two reservoirs, 70 government offices and 2,336 schools, said Mr Chatchai.

Seven provinces -- Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Yala and Narathiwat -- have begun repairing damaged infrastructure.

Meanwhile, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Phatthalung and Pattani are still trying to drain lingering floodwater in some areas.

"The [latest] weather forecast by the Thai Meteorological Department suggests that less rain is expected in the South since the northeast monsoon is losing its strength in the Gulf of Thailand and the South," Mr Chatchai said.

The DDPM hopes that this will help expedite the process of draining floodwater in the southern provinces into the seas.

Prime Minister's Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck said students in the South are in dire need of school supplies such as textbooks and uniforms. He encouraged companies producing such supplies to donate to flood-affected schools.

These companies can also donate through the government.

On Thursday, donations to help flood victims rose to 251.37 million baht.

The Prime Minister's Office will continue to accept donations.

Bangkok Post
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