Floods intensify in southern region
BANGKOK, 5 December 2013 (NNT) - Floods in Thailand’s South have intensified with heavy rains lashing towns and water levels rising.
Forecasts from the Meteorological Department indicated that the northeast monsoon continues to rage, bringing torrential rains to provinces on the east coast of the South which include Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. The department advised that all shipping should proceed with caution due to rising tides at this time.
Several cargo ships and fishing boats have reportedly been caught in rough winds and had to be docked near smaller islands off the coast of Songkhla as a temporary shelter. They are to maneuver back to the shore once the winds have died down.
Continuous heavy rains have also submerged five districts of Songkhla and rendered roads impassable to small vehicles. Water has been flowing down from nearby mountain ranges to Mueang district and affected approximately 16,500 households.
Agricultural lands in Phatthalung have been damaged by forest runoff which sent residents fleeing to higher ground. The local disaster prevention unit warned that another wave of floods is expected during the next few days and residents living in low-lying areas are advised to closely follow weather updates.