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PM in visit to flood-hit south, as death toll rises to 24 – VIDEO

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Record flooding in parts of southern Thailand has now claimed 24 lives, with the province of Nakhon Si Thammarat being hardest-hit, with 19 deaths and around 180,00 homes flooded. PM Prayut Chan-o-cha visited the province yesterday to express his condolences and pledge financial aid for those affected.

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The Bangkok Post reports that the death of a woman who drowned in the Phrasaeng district of Surat Thani province, and 2 women who drowned in the Sathing Phra district of Songkhla, bring the total number of dead to 24. A total of 9 southern provinces are bearing the brunt of the southern monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand, with over 555,000 households flooded.

Even as water levels begin to subside in some areas, more flooding has been reported in Surat Thani, Songkhla, and Trang, with 60% of the affected areas told to brace for more rain this week. In Trang, the districts of Wang Wiset, Kantang, Huai Yot, and Muang remain underwater, affecting 12,000 people and over 5,600 homes.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

 

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