18 Dead As Torrential Rains Submerge Thai South
Muhammad Rameez 4 years ago Sat 07th January 2017 | 06:35 PM
NAKHON SI THAMMARAT , Thailand,(APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 07th Jan, 2017 ) - Heavy rains continued to hammer Thailand's flood-ravaged south on Saturday, bringing the death toll up to 18 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said.
The flooding, which was roof-high in some areas, has affected nearly one million people in ten southern provinces since it started a week ago, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. At least 18 people have died and one is missing, it added, with the rains turning roads into rivers, inundating farmland and damaging more than 1,500 schools in the region.
The downpour is expected to persist for at least two more days, according to Thailand's Meteorological Department, which warned of flash floods.
"The situation is very bad today and tomorrow. It's still raining heavily," said Junjuda Pornsri, a meterological official.
Military bases across the region have been mobilised to help evacuate flood victims, provide temporary shelters and distribute emergency aid, the government said Saturday. In hard-hit Nakhon Si Thammarat province, two army helicopters were deployed to airlift food to families trapped inside their homes in Cha-uat district.
Bapha Suthiphanya, a 60-year-old who has spent the past three nights in a makeshift government shelter in the district, said she was forced to evacuate her home after the waters rose above her head. "I was so shocked and scared. I've never seen water like this and I also can not swim," she told AFP.