Flooding has caused more than 70 million baht in damage across Songkhla as local businesses struggle to recover.
However, the severity of the situation in the southern provinces has abated as water levels continue to recede.
Wasan Chaithaweewong, acting chief of the Songkhla Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office, said 16 districts of Songkhla were ravaged by flood water, causing around 72 million baht in damage.
Inundation paralyses land, air transport
Rising flood water forced Nakhon Si Thammarat airport to temporarily close yesterday, while land transport in many areas of the South remain paralysed due to widespread flooding.
The airport announced the temporary closure after a runway was flooded and water damaged the power system.
Airport director Suksawat Sukwanno said yesterday the turnpad of Runway No 19 was submerged and power and air navigation systems were out of order.
If the rain stops soon, the airport may reopen today.
Large areas of eight provinces remained flooded in the South on Thursday, with six lost lives attributed to flooding since Saturday and more heavy rain on the way.
Flooding continues in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala, Chayapol Thitisak, directorgeneral of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said.
More than 385,000 people in 2,540 villages were affected, and six people had died since Nov 25 There was flooding in all districts of Narathiwat, Phatthalung and Yala.
More heavy rain is forecast in the South with new flood warnings issued for 12 provinces in the region, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Monday.
Director-general Chayapol Thitisak issued the alert for Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phangnga, Phatthalung, Phuket, Satun, Songkhla, Trang and Yala provinces.
He said the northeastern monsoon had caused flooding in seven southern provinces since Saturday --Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Pattani, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang and Yala.
WRITER: WAEDAO HARAI
NARATHIWAT: Low-lying areas in seven districts of Narathiwat have been hit by flash floods triggered by storm runoff from the mountains, local authorities said.
Parts of Sukhirin, Waeng, Sungai Kolok, Cho Airong, Rangae, Rueso and Si Sakhon districts are affected, with residents evacuating to higher ground, along with their personal belongings, vehicles and farm animals.
Guards are being deployed around-the-clock to prevent theft.
WRITER: ASSAWIN PAKKAWAN
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WRITER: CHAIWAT SATYAEM
PHETCHABURI: The Phetchaburi river has burst its banks, overflowing into the municipal area, wreaking havoc in the township and flooding the major highway linking to the southern region.
People were wading thigh deep through floodwater in Muang district on Thursday after heavy rain brought by storm Kirogi.
Workers have drained water from Hua Hin after a downpour flooded the resort town and temporarily blocked roads and the southern railway.
Officials from the Disaster Mitigation and Prevention office on Tuesday installed more pumps to drain water from the resort town.
Heavy rain flooded Hua Hin district in Prachuap Khiri Khan on Tuesday. The water levels receded but some areas remained flooded.
Department chief Kittiporn Thepyuamnuay said about 300 houses in a low area in the municipality had been evacuated as the water was up to two metres high.
Thousands affected as heavy downpours hit
Torrential rain on Tuesday night triggered flash floods that hit parts of the five southern provinces of Krabi, Surat Thani, Songkhla, Phatthalung and Yala yesterday, affecting thousands of people.
In Krabi, the downpours caused flash floods from 3am onward in several communities in Khao Phanom district.
Several roads, at least 40 houses and more than 500 rai of farmland in three tambons of this district -- tambon Phru Tiaw, tambon Khao Phanom and tambon Khao Din -- were affected by the sudden flooding.
Flooding persists in 12 provinces, with 233,180 people affected by the floods that have claimed 18 lives over the last month.
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chaiyaphol Thitisak said on Thursday that heavy rain brought by a tropical depression had triggered flash floods, runoff and river overflows in 23 provinces between Oct 10 and Nov 9.
A total of 126,390 households in 2,825 villages were affected and 18 people had died as a consequence of flooding.
Prachuap Khiri Khan: Floodwater in Bang Saphan district continues to recede despite the province being pounded by heavy rain yesterday, causing flash floods in several other districts.
Opas Karnkawinpong, deputy permanent secretary for public health, yesterday said Bang Saphan Hospital, which was almost completely inundated by floodwater in recent days, has now halted evacuating patients and was preparing operating theatres for emergency patients after water levels around the hospital receded.
WRITER: CHAIWAT SATYAEM
10 hours of rain hits western province
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Patients at Bang Saphan Hospital were forced to evacuate Wednesday after the province was battered by heavy rains for more than 10 hours, causing floodwater in several districts.
Heavy rain and floods yesterday ravaged many parts of the South, particularly Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung provinces, affecting many people and damaging homes and farms.
The Meteorological Department on Saturday forecast that 10 southern provinces would be affected by Typhoon Damrey triggering severe rain and strong winds.
The affected provinces are Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Trang and Satun.
WRITER: CHAKRAPAN NATHANRI
KHON KAEN: Twenty pumps were deployed on Friday to help drain floodwater from areas downstream of Ubonrat dam, particularly in Muang and Nam Phong districts, which have been swamped by discharge from the dam for the past month.
The powerful pumps were installed at local sluice gates along waterfront communities in 14 flood-ravaged districts to expedite the removal of the water released by the dam to the Phong and Chi rivers around the clock.
By Surachai Piragsa
BURI RAM: About 1,200 students at Phutthaisong School in the north of Buri Ram province have been barred from entering classrooms in three old buildings damaged by weeks of flooding.
Engineers from local education and public works offices ordered the closure of the three buildings after finding their support pillars were cracked and the reinforcing rods rusted. The buildings were flooded for two weeks in July by overflow from the Mun river.
Chai Nat's flood plight still dire
Water in a network of canals in the southern province of Chumphon is being drained off to prepare for heavy rain forecast from now until Sunday.
Somkiat Prajamwong, director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department (RID), said the Meteorological Department predicts heavy rain in the South until the week's end.
WRITER: JAKKRAPAN NATHANRI
KHON KAEN: The amount of water being discharged from Ubon Ratana dam is being reduced, to ease the flood situation downstream, at the behest of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
The discharge rate at the dam was being lowered on Wednesday from 38 million cubic metres per day to 30 million cu/m.
During his visit to flood-stricken Khon Kaen on Tuesday, Gen Prayut ordered a provincial flood management panel to reduce rate of discharge.
Authorities' inaction making a bad situation worse
WRITER: APINYA WIPATAYOTIN
Local people living along the Chao Phraya River in Pathum Thani province might be used to the annual flooding, but lack of state assistance in improving infrastructure is making it increasingly hard for them to earn a living.
WRITER: YONGYUTH PHUPHUANGPHET
KALASIN: Residents and local government workers in Khong Chai district were reinforcing floodwalls already damaged and leaking in a desperate bid to keep the rain-swollen Chi River from pouring into their communities on Tuesday.
Prasut Hombanthoeng, chief of the district office, was leading the effort in all five tambon of the district on Tuesday, as people laboured to fill sandbags to reinforce the dykes in nine threatened spots and to fix the damaged sections.
His Majesty the King is concerned about the floods which have affected 23 provinces, and which threaten more, including Bangkok, and has requested the government to prepare both rescue and rehabilitation plans for victims, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said Monday.
Gen Prayut made the statement to a number of flood victims during a visit Monday to Wiset Chai Chan School in Wiset Chai Chan district of Ang Thong province.