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Floods in the southern Thai provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung have forced evacuations in as many as 50 villages, some of which are under more than 1 metre of water. One person is reported as missing after being swept away by the floods in Phrom Khiri district, Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Military personnel have been drafted in to help with evacuations. According to Deputy Army Spokesperson, Colonel Sirichan Nga-thong, Army Commander-in-Chief General Udomdej Sritabutr has instructed the Army’s disaster relief officers to inform all units in the flood-stricken area to be on standby for rescue operation deployment, while urging them to monitor the latest floods situations.
The Deputy Spokesperson said that, the Region 4 Army has initially sent troops to help affected locals in Nakhon Si Thammarat, relocating them and their belongings to a safer location. The 5th Field Artillery Regiment has dispatched its officials to provide assistance to the flood victims in Tha Sala District in Nakhon Si Thammarat, where deluge has damaged roads and residences.
The floods came after three days of heavy rainfall in southern Thailand. The worst affected areas are the districts of Nopphitam, Phrom Khiri and Tha Sala in Nakhon Si Thammarat, and the Srinagarindra in Phatthalung.
Heavy rainfall has also threatened floods in the provinces of Surat Thani and Songkhla. Further heavy rainfall is expected. River levels are high and run-off from hillsides may result in further floods in more mountainous areas.
WMO Rainfall Figures, 24 hours between 14 and 15 December 2014
Narathiwat – 138.6 mm
Pattani – 59.5 mm
Songkhla – 51.0 mm
Hat Yai, Songkhla – 89.4 mm