South Thailand Floods Begin to Recede

Since the heavy rainfall began, around 21 November, around 12 provinces in southern Thailand have been hit by floods.

On Saturday 7 December, Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief, Chatchai Phromlert, announced that floods had begun to receded in the seven affected provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Satun, Yala and Pattani.

However, there was still some concern over possible further flooding and, in particular landslides, in hilly areas of the seven provinces.

Chatchai Phromlert went on to say that flooding remains in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang and Narathiwat provinces, affecting around 125,000 people.

There was particular concern for the communities along the Kolok River in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district, which was still under over 1 metre of flood water. However, since then the situation in Narathiwat has improved and the flooding in Narathiwat Province has started to subside, according to Narathiwat’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Division. The heavy rainfall has stopped, and in fact much of the province has been free of rain for the last 2 days. This has meant that levels of the three main rivers in the province – Kolok River, Bang Nara River, and Sai Buri River – have fallen and almost returned to normal.

There are still some communities that are under water, however. There have been nine districts hit by floods in Narathiwat this time around, affecting around 35,000 people.

Source: National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT)