Flood levels receding in South but Songkhla still critical

As flood water levels in many southern provinces are receding and situation is easing slowly, but flooding in low-lying areas surrounding Songkhla lake remains critical due to high tide.

The flood situation at five districts around the lake is still not eased.

Local authorities said more than 50 schools have been forced to close for three days and are likely to remain closed for the whole week.

More than 100 water buffaloes of the over 6,000 raised by farmers around the Songkhla lake have died after they have to wander in the water and stay on roads for several weeks, and short of hay to eat.

Flood levels around the areas remain constant.

This was because water drainage into Songkhla Lake is at slow pace due to high tide in the sea.

High tide is expected on Jan 15.

Provincial authorities are now cooperating with the Thai Navy to mobilize 38 water-propelling boats to be deployed under two bridges in order to accelerate water flow into the sea.

Meanwhile the permanent secretary for Culture, Kritsayapong Siri said that more than 10 historic sites in the South have been inundated.

They included a national museum, two local museums, five cultural centers, two colleges of dramatic arts, one college of fine arts.

One cultural network office was also flooded.

Moreover, 539 temples, 83 mosques, five churches have been damaged.

The national museum in Surat Thani is under water and a Buddha image at the Phra Boromthat Chaiya Temple is slightly damaged by flood.

In Nakhon Si Thammrat, the main stupa at the Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan Temple, the main Buddhist temple in the province was not damaged by flood water.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)