Yala floods almost dry out

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BANGKOK, 2 January 2012 (NNT) – The flooding situation in the southern border province of Yala is improving after heavy rains stopped. The flood waters in all submerged areas are receding but official warnings are still in place.

Two days of heavy rains from 31 December 2011 to 1 January 2012 have resulted in river runoff and flooding throughout Yala. Today, the situation is almost back to normal with some minor flooding in lowlands, such as Mueang district.

Yala Governor Detrat Simsiri said six districts in the province have been flooded, including Mueang, Raman, Yaha, Krong Pinang, Kabang and Bannang Sata. The floods have affected more than 1,300 residents with no injuries or fatalities. 19 roads have been damaged.

Besides Yala, the northeastern monsoon has caused flooding in four other southern provinces along the Gulf of Thailand, consisting of Phatthalung, Songkhla, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Narathiwat.

Despite the receding flood waters, the Yala provincial administration continues warning residents who live on river banks and in landslide-prone areas to keep monitoring the situation and disaster warnings from the Thai Meteorological Department.