Thailand – Floods Remain in 5 Southern Provinces as Death Toll Rises

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported on 07 December that 24 people have now died as a result of heavy rainfall and flooding in southern parts of the country that began in late November.

Thai Red Cross distributes relief supplies to floods victims in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province. Photo: Thai Red Cross

Nineteen fatalities were reported in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the worst affected province. Other fatalities were reported in Surat Thani, Trang and Songkhla provinces.

DDPM said A total of 555,194 households have been affected across 101 districts in the 11 southern provinces of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Phatthalung, Satun, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.

Southern parts of the country have seen days of heavy rain since late November. According to the Thai Meteorology Department figures, on 26 November, Nakhon Si Thammarat recorded 83.9 mm of rain and Phatthalung 94.1mm. On 30 November, Songkhla recorded 265.2mm of rain in 24 hours.

More than 460mm of rain fell in Nakhon Si Thammarat in a 48 hour period to 02 December. Surat Thani recorded 296.9mm of rain in 24 hours to 02 December.

The following day, Chumpon recorded 134.2mm of rain and Sawi in Chumphon Province 196.4 mm. Narathiwat recorded 76.3mm of rain in the same period. Since then figures from Thai Meteorology Department suggest the heavy rain has eased.

DDPM said flooding has receded in many areas as of 07 December, but remains in parts of Nakorn Si Thammarat (184,750 households still affected), Surat Thani (19,822 affected households), Trang (2,968 affected households), Phatthalung (46,284 affected households) and Songkhla (28,867 affected households).

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


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