Disaster authorities in Thailand report that flooding in southern provinces has affected over 300,000 households. At least 8 people have died in flash flooding in the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Heavy rain and floods have affected southern provinces since late November, as reported here. As of 04 December, a report from the country’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) said 302,110 households have been affected by floods across 67 districts in the 7 southern provinces of Surat Thani, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Yala.
Among the worst affected are the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, where 184,750 households are affected and 8 people have died. Other severely affected provinces include, Phatthalung, with 46,284 households affected, and Songkhla (56,873 households).
Heavy rain has been falling in the region since around 21 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.
Satellite images produced by Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) found more than 340,000 rai (54,400 hectares) of waterlogged areas in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung and Surat Thani as of 01 December.
As of 04 December however, flood waters have started to recede in most areas except Nakhon Si Thammarat, according to DDPM.