Floodings in 12 southern provinces affect a million people and claim 31 lives

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported today that floods that have devastated 12 provinces in the South have affected over a million people and claimed the lives of 31 people.

Chatchai Phromlert, the director-general of the Department, said today that floodings in 12 provinces since January 1 until today have submerged 117 districts, 700 tambons, and 5,145 villages.

A total of 394,509 households comprising 1,188,871 people were affected.

31 people died and two went missing, he said.

For damages to government property, he said 17 government offices, 592 roads, and 106 bridges were damaged.

But he said flood situation has now eased in Yala and Ranong while 10 remained flooded.

They are Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Songkhla, Pattani, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumphon, Krabi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

He said 94 districts, 579 Tambon, 4,073 villages in these 10 provinces are still flooded but flood levels are receding.

However he asked that people living in these places stay on alert as more rains are expected and flash flood and mudslides are possible in areas close to mountains.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)