Fresh floods break out in Southern Thailand

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NAKHON SI THAMMARAT, 16 January 2012 (NNT) – The southern provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, and Surat Thani are experiencing flooding again after several days of heavy rains.

Nakhon Si Thammarat is facing flash floods and mountain torrents in many areas to the east of Khao Luang Mountain, including Khun Thale subdistrict in Lan Saka district and Krung Ching subdistrict in Nopphitam district.

According to the 4th Army Area, Krung Ching subdistrict is one of the most concerning areas as over 70 households have been cut off from the outside world after a number of bridges and roads were destroyed by flood waters. Furthermore, Nakhon Si Thammarat–Ron Phibun Road in front of Ramkhamhaeng University’s campus in Phra Phrom district is still impassible. The traffic police have suggested commuters to avoid this road.

In Phatthalung, the outbreak of mountain torrents from the Bantad Range triggered sudden floods in many areas in Pa Phayom and Khuan Khanun districts. In some flooded parts, the water level is standing at 1.50 meters deep. The flood waters have overflowed onto Highway Number 41, making Pho Thong Intersection in Khuan Khanun difficult to get through.

In the latest development, nine districts of Phatthalung have been inundated. They consist of Khuan Khanun, Pa Phayom, Bang Kaeo, Si Banphot, Srinagarindra, Tamot, Pa Bon, Kong Ra, and Mueang. The flooding has affected more than 10,000 households. Phatthalung Governor Winyu Thongsakul has distributed 300 relief bags to flood-affected residents in Pa Phayom district as the initial assistance.

In Pattani, even though it has stopped raining already in Mueang district, the water level in the Pattani River is still increasing. Four villages in Baraho subdistrict have been flooded.

Mountain torrents have also completely cut off a temporary bridge between Pak Hai Village in Kanchanadit district of Surat Thani and Krung Ching Village in Nopphitam district of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Over a thousand households are now unable to travel by land and have to travel by boat in raging torrents of waters instead.

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