Flood situation in South remains critical as HTMS Ang Thong ship arrives in Nakhon Si Thammarat

As the southern provinces are still heavily ravaged by floodings which now affect over a million people, the Royal Thai Navy's biggest landing platform dock ship, HTMS Ang Thong, from the Sattahip base in Chon Buri province arrived today in Nakhon Si Thammarat province with all necessary relief aids, and water propelling boats.

The dock ship left Sattahip on Saturday with 50 water propelling boats.

HTMS Ang Thong dock ship arrived and anchored off Khanom power plant in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat at around 8.30 am.

Relief operation started with a helicopter flying out from the ship to examine the flooded area and deliver bags containing survival gear and supplies to flooded areas in Phak Phanang district.

A total of 20 water propelling boats on board will be deployed at the mouth of Pak Phanang river to push water out of Cha-uat canal to sea quickly to ease the flooding situation in Nakhon SI Thammarat.

The boats will start propelling water today and work 20 hours a day until the flood situation eases.

Each boat is capable of pushing 1004,000 cubic metres of water per day to the sea.

Meanwhile flood situation remains critical in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, and Surat Thani.

Heavy rain continue to ravage parts of these provinces, especially Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Trang, although floodwaters have receded in municipal areas

Surat Thani is also facing critical flooding when runoff from mountains in Nop Phitam district of Nakhon Si Thammarat flowed into Kanchanadit district forcing residents to evacuate to higher ground, according to Bangkok Post.

Last night, Ban Na Khao in tambon Bang Sawan in Phra Saeng district was hit by a flash flood from a nearby mountain. A strong current swept away a Totoya Fortuner car, from which one man was rescued by villagers, and a woman went missing.

Nakhon Si Thammarat airport remained closed today as its surroundings roads are still under flood water.

In Trang, the road to Sikhao and other roads to several tourist spots including Pak Meng beach are still under water.

All schools and government offices remain closed today.

Hardest hit districts by flooding are Rassada, Nayong, Wang Wisit, Kantang, Huay Yot and Muang.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)