Southern Thailand Floods Spread to Narathiwat and Yala Provinces


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Yala and Narathiwat can be added to the list of provinces in southern Thailand currently experiencing heavy rainfall and flooding. Earlier this week floods struck in the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung.

Narathiwat

National News Bureau Thailand (NNT) say that floods in Narathiwat have been caused by heavy rain over the last 4 days has and run-off from the Sankalakhiri mountain range flowing down to the Su-ngai Kolok River. Houses along the river have been inundated. Flooding has also affected over 300 families in the districts of Sukhirin, Waeng and Su-ngai Kolok.

Yala

Over 100 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Yala, Yala Province, yesterday. Many low lying areas of the province are already seeing some flooding, and more is expected after Yala Provincial Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DPM) Office said that the water levels in the Saiburi River and the Pattani River is on the rise due to the heavy rain over the past 3 to 4 days. There is also a high risk of landslides in the the foothill areas of the Betong, Than To, and Bannang Sata districts.

Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung

Earlier this week floods struck in the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung, also in southern Thailand. Two people have been reported as missing after being swept away in the floods – one in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the other in Phatthalung.

Strong Northeast Monsoon

Further heavy rainfall has been forecast for some areas of the south. Thailand Meteorological Department issued the following advisory for the south:

The strong northeast monsoon prevails over the Gulf and southern Thailand. Isolated heavy to very heavy rain is expected over Songkha, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Satun. People should beware of influence accumulation rainfall.