Flood death toll in South rises to 14

Floods continued to wreak havoc to extensive areas in the southern provinces today with death toll now rising to 14, six of them are children.

The main Phetkasem highway and the Asian Highway to the South are also partly submerged causing inconvenience for motor vehicles, particularly the section which runs from Chumphon to Surat Thani.

In Chumphon, rainfalls for three consecutive days caused flash flood to flow into the provincial seat, particularly the Asian highway route 41, the kilometer marker number 1 in front of Chumphon Provincial Electricity Authority office in Khun Krating subdistrict of the provincial seat where the flood water was 30-40 centremetre high for one kilometer long.

Authorities were deployed to facilitate and warn the motorists. Some parts of the eight kilometer long Muang Chumphon Road, the main road to the city, was also flooded.

Six districts of Chumphon are still under water. They are Muang, Thung Tako, Sawi, Pathiew, Tha Sae and Lang Suan.

Over 70 local roads are submerged, including parts of the Phetkasem highway.

Several schools are closed today as floods continued.

Meanwhile heavy rains in Samui also caused flooding in many areas of Koh Samui and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

In Phatthalung province, floods continued for the fifth day in all 11 districts.

The situation was worrisome particularly the area adjacent to the Songkhla lake including the provincial seat and Khuan Khanun district where the flood water was still high.

One more villager was missing in the strong tide of the flood in Pa Phayom district of Phatthalung.

Since the province was flooded on December 2, three were drowned in the floods.

In Trang, soldiers used flat-bottomed boat to help evacuate children and elders at Ban Nong Bua in Nataluang subdistrict in Trang provincial seat.

They were stranded at the second storey of their homes. The flood water has come quickly and the water level has increased very fast so that they did not have time to move their belongings and escape from their homes.

The flood water was 2-3.50 metres high and dozen of homes were inundated to the rooftop due to the lower lying areas.

The road from Na Non intersection to Or Tor Kor intersection from kilometer marker number 2 to 6 was closed because of the strong tide of 40-50 centimetres high flood water. The road was impassable.

For the overall situation, flood in Trang was still in critical condition, eight districts were hard hit which were Ratsada, Huay Yod, Wang Wiset, Na Yong, Yan Ta Khao, Pa Lian, Kantang and the provincial seat.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)