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Four southern provinces still inundated

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SURAT THANI, 17 January 2012 (NNT) – Southern residents are still suffering from floods, particularly in four provinces, consisting of Surat Thani, Pattani, Phatthalung, and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

In Surat Thani, army and local administrative officials helped people repair flood-damaged bridges and roads within Pak Hai and Khao Khiam Villages in Kanchanadit district after mountain torrents had cut them off completely.

In Pattani, the water level in the Pattani River has been increasing continuously, causing widespread inundation in nearby villages in Mueang district. Some schools in Baraho subdistrict are still submerged under 50-centimeter deep water while classes have been postponed until further notice.

In Phatthalung, many areas in Pa Phayom, Khuan Khanun, Mueang districts have been flooded. The water level in areas near Songkhla Lake has not subsided even though the situation in areas adjacent to the Bantad Range has returned to normal. Authorities have reported that the water level in Pa Phayom Reservoir still exceeds the capacity. They are now monitoring the flooding situation around the clock, especially in areas below the reservoir, as more rain is in the forecast.

Meanwhile, in Nakhon Si Thammarat, mountain torrents from Khao Luang Mountain have drained into Sawat Canal, leading to severe overflow and extensive damages in areas along the canal.

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