Four provinces in southern Thailand remain flooded

BANGKOK (BERNAMA) – About 26,000 families in four provinces in southern Thailand are affected by ‘stagnant flood’ as the floodwaters still did not recede despite the bright and sunny weather.

‘Stagnant flood’ is a phenomenon where floodwaters collected over the past weeks has not been able to flow out to the river or the sea.

In a statement, Director-General of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Boontham Lertsukhikasem said the severe floods in southern Thailand, triggered by monsoon heavy rain since November 25, affected 691,659 families in 11 provinces.

As the weather improves, he said four provinces – Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, and Trang are still inundated in floodwaters. “The flood claimed 30 lives including 21 in Nakhon Si Thammarat – the worst-hit province, Phattalung (three), with Trang, Surat Thani and Songkhla two each,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Governor Kraisorn Wisitwong said about 70,000 villagers from six districts in the province were affected following the ‘stagnant flood’.

Based on initial assessment, he said over 4,200 houses were damaged and affected by the severe flood. “Authorities continue conducting flood damage and loss assessment,” he said.

 Meanwhile, Thailand Meteorological Department forecast scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rain for southern Thailand from today to December 22.

“People in the south should beware of heavy rain. All ships over the Gulf of Thailand should proceed with caution,” it said.

Villagers affected by the ‘stagnant flood’ in one of the provinces in southern Thailand. PHOTO: BERNAMA