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21 people died from flooding in southern provinces since Jan 1

Twenty-one people died, believed drowned, and two went missing from flooding in 12 southern provinces since January 1 whereas 958,602 people from 330,415 households have been affected, according to the latest assessment reports from the Department of Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation.

The 12 southern provinces ravaged by flood are Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chumporn, Ranong, Krabi and Prachuab Khiri Khan. Altogether 4,277 villages in 588 tambon of 96 districts have been hit.

Five government offices, 59 bridges and 219 points of roads have been damaged, said Mr Chatchai Promlert, the department head, adding that flood situation in Yala province has eased considerably while the other 11 provinces are still reeling from flooding with Nakhon Si Thammarat hardest hit as flood water is reported to be still rising.

Strong low pressure area has blanketed Krabi and Phang-nga and is expected to move into the upper Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Mataban in Myanmar on Tuesday and this will cause heavy or very heavy rains in certain areas in 11 southern provinces, said Mr Chatchai.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)