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Large parts of southern Thailand submerged after days of heavy rain

BANGKOK, 14 January 2012 (NNT) – Continued heavy rain that has hit Thailand’s South has caused widespread flooding in several parts of the region.

Flash flood from the Sankalakhiri mountain range in Narathiwat Province has submerged farmland and houses of locals in Sukhirin District and damaged the Sukhirin-Narathiwat Road.

Meanwhile, water level in the Sungai Kolok River has risen rapidly and may soon overflow. As a result, residents in at-risk areas have been prepared to evacuate again.

In nearby Satun, rain-induced flood has inundated rice fields in Khuan Don District. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has raised a red flag and urged locals to move belongings and pets to higher ground.

Gusty wind and high waves have also forced more than 100 large fishing boats in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Songklha to stay ashore.

The weather bureau has warned southern residents, from Chumphon down to the Deep South, to prepare for continued and scattered heavy rain until Sunday, January 15, with flash flood and river overflow likely.

It also asks small boats not to venture into sea until the weather improves.

Reporter: Nopparat Chaichalearmmongkol – NNT

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