Heavy rain and flooding has continued in southern Thailand and is now also affecting areas along the Thailand-Malaysian border. At least 4 states in Malaysia have suffered from severe flooding. Several southern provinces in Thailand have been under water for the last week.
Across the region a total of four people have been reported as killed in the floods and 14,000 people evacuated (12,000 in Malaysia). Two people remain missing in the floods in Thailand.
In Thailand, the provinces of Songkhla, Surat Thani, Narathiwat, Yala, and Phatthalung continue to be among the worst affected. Rivers in Narathiwat, including the Golok, Bang Nara and Sai Buri, have overflowed.
Flooding from the Golok river has meant the border crossing between Thailand and Malaysia at Sungai Kolok has had to be closed. Flood water is said to be as high as 30 cm in the border towns along this stretch of the river.
In Narathiwat, a soldier died while helping villagers escape deep flooding. A young girl died in a landslide in Yala’s Than To district.
Flood and Landslide Warnings for the South
More rain is expected and the National Disaster Warning Centre issued a warning yesterday that nine provinces in the South face the risks of floods and landslides.
The two states of Kelantan, Perak, Pahang and Terengganu are currently affected by the floods. A total of 12,000 people are said to have evacuated from their homes. Many of the displaced are staying in evacuation centres. Around 6,700 people have been evacuated in Kelantan, 4,600 in Terengganu and 825 in Pahang.
A young child died when she was swept away by flood water while being carried by her mother to a relief centre in Kelantan. The child’s mother and 3 siblings survived.
A further victim, a man in his thirties, drowned in a swollen river in Kampung Lepa Limbat.
Banjir area Green Town Ipoh,Perak right now. pic.twitter.com/U6NvQr2Vg2
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