Thailand: 25 people died from southern flooding

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BANGKOK, 2 April 2011 (NNT) - A total of 25 villagers are reportedly killed by the current serious flooding in the southern part of Thailand while half of the affected people are having tinea pedis, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit reported that six fatalities were found in Surat Thani, two in Phatthalung, 11 in Nakhon Si Thammarat and six in Krabi.

Mr Jurin further reported that 8,429 flood victims have received medical treatment from the ministry's mobile units so far. Most of them or 51% were diagnosed as having tinea pedis, followed by dermatitis at 20%, respiratory diseases at 18% and wounds from accidents at 7%.

According to the minister, 106 hospitals have been devastated by the powerful flooding thus far; however, most of the destroyed hospitals, even Tha Sala Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat which was seriously hit by the flood, could currently resume their normal medical service.

Only four out of that number, comprising Song Phraek and Sai Thong Hospitals in Surat Thani, as well as Khao Din and Na Khao Hospitals in Krabi still shut down.

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Reporter : Sarun Saelee