Thailand – 1 Dead After Further Floods and Landslides in South

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports that the strong northeast monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand caused further heavy rain and strong winds in southern provinces from 16 December, resulting in floods and landslides.

DDPM said that, as of 21 December, over 125,000 people from around 32,000 households were affected in total, with most of them in Narathiwat Province (28,836 household affected), and others in Pattani (2,304) and Yala (863 households). Over 400 people in Narathiwat have evacuated their homes and moved to evacuation centres.

According to figures from the Thai Meteorological Department, 161.2mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Narathiwat on 17 December. Pattani Airport recorded 149.2 mm of rain and Yala 114.3mm during the same period. Yala recorded 100.7 mm and Narathiwat 142.1mm the following day.

One person died after heavy rain caused a landslide which buried a house in Betong district of Yala Province.

As of 21 December DDPM reported that flood waters had receded in most areas, although some areas of Narathiwat remain flooded from previous floods of early December.

Royal Thai Army distributes relief supplies in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province floods, 03 December 2020. Photo; Royal Thai Army

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