Rains bring heavy floods to southern Thai provinces

Children play in floodwaters in the Ra-ngae district in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat, on Dec 19, 2019. PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Southern Thailand has seen heavy rains since Tuesday (Dec 17), which have caused floods in several areas, especially in Yala province where 51 villages in four districts including Yaha, Bannangsta, Krong Pinang and Raman were inundated.

Yala Governor Chaiyasit Panichpong said on Thursday that preliminary reports from local officials revealed that more than 5,000 residents of 1,120 households in Yala province were affected by the floods. Three roads were cut off and several farm animals perished or went missing.

"Citizens should remain cautious and monitor the flood situation closely in the next few days," he said. "I have ordered related officials including police, military and rescue staff to stand-by 24/7 to give assistance to villagers affected by the floods, and evacuate them when necessary."

Meanwhile, Mr Abdulroning Salae, village headman of Talohalor subdistrict in Raman district, reported that his village is adjacent to Saiburi River which flows southward from Narathiwas province.

"Last night, the water overflowed the river banks and flooded the villages along the river of more than 60 households," he said. "Currently, around 180 people are evacuating to higher areas with the help of military personnel from Army Ranger 4102 Division."

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