Tropical storm claims four lives in southern Thailand

BANGKOK (Xinhua) – Tropical storm Pabuk has claimed four lives in southern Thailand, police said yesterday.

A woman evacuated to a centre providing shelter for villagers from the storm was found dead in a canal in southern Thailand’s Surat Thani Province yesterday morning.

She was the fourth death from Pabuk, the decade’s worst storm hitting the country’s southern part since last Friday.

The woman, 57, was found floating face down in the canal with no wounds of physical attack on the body.

Villagers said she left the evacuation centre by motorbike last Saturday and never returned. Police believed she had fallen into the canal after an accident and she may have drowned.

  The tropical storm landed on Nakhon Sri Thammarat province at last Friday noon, bringing torrential rains, strong winds and flash floods.

It has moved over the western coast of Thailand where its ferocity has dropped.