South ravaged by floodings

The southern provinces down from Champhon to Ranong and Narathiwat in the deep south are still hard hit by heavy to very heavy rains and subsequent floodings and flashfloods with most village roads and sections of main highways impassable for all vehicles.

Hardest hit today is reported in Champhon with all roads in Lang Suan district under deep water and all schools closed.

Road from Champhon to Ranong is also under deep water and impassable for all vehicles.

Landslides were reported on the roads and highway officials warned motorists of unsafe passage.

Authorities in Ranong also asked all small boats to remain at piers as the sea is turbulent and high waves of up to four metres could pose danger for sailing.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat, one car was washed away by flashfloods as driver tried to wade through a flashflood passing a road in Thung Song district.

The car sank into deep water.

It was not immediately known how many people were in the car.

Authorities said that in Nakhon Si Thammarat, continuous rainfalls triggered forest run-off, causing flood in three districts. Many roads have been under water as deep as almost a metre deep.

In Phraprom district, roads outside Ramkhamhaeng University, Nakhon Si Thammarat were submerged.

A bridge was damaged in Ron Phiboon district, leaving villagers stranded in their houses.

Flooding forced southern line trains to stop its service at Thung Song junction stations. People wade through the strong flood current with the help of a rope.

Buses have been provided to train passengers to further travel to their destinations.

In Trang, flooding has extended in six districts while rainfalls continue in Huayyod district. One traffic lane of bypass road has been closed due to flooding.

The government center and other government offices in Ratsada district have been inundated while about 300 houses are under almost one meter of water. This round of flood is more severe than the previous one in December last year. The province declared two districts disaster zones.

In Yala, the flood situation is worrying. The Saiburi River has risen rapidly while about 6,000 people have been affected by the current flood, which is as high as two meters. Villagers travel by flat-bottomed boat. In Raman district and Muang district, 12 schools have closed indefinitely.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)