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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 14:07 IST

Southern Thailand on severe flood alert, traffic stands still, roads blocked

Severe flooding in southern Thailand has impacted tens of thousands of people, submerging roads and railways, prompting school closures and more.

Manasvi Asthana
Tens of thousands affected as severe flooding hits Thailand’s south.
Tens of thousands affected as severe flooding hits Thailand’s south. | Image:Unsplash
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Severe flooding in southern Thailand has impacted tens of thousands of people, submerging roads and railways, prompting school closures and trapping some residents in their homes. The heavy rains have also caused problems at sea, with at least seven boats sunk in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea.

Most severely affected areas

The province most severely affected by the flooding in southern Thailand is Narathiwat, located in the far south near the border with Malaysia. Some districts in the province have been submerged for days, as reported by Thai PBS.

Situation right now

"Scores of people" have reportedly sought assistance with some individuals sitting on the roofs of their inundated homes, according to the statement.

Several schools in the provinces of Narathiwat and neighboring Yala have had to shut down and videos from the region depict residences and shops submerged in water.

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Aftermath

Continuous heavy rainfall in recent days has led to issues at sea, resulting in the sinking of at least seven boats in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea since December 21.

The state railway company of the kingdom reported that track subsidence has resulted in trains bound for Malaysia stopping at Yala, which is 100km (62 miles) away from the border.

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Warnings by the authorities

Authorities have cautioned residents in the provinces to prepare for evacuation if the flood situation worsens.

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Situation last this around this time

Last year in December serious floods killed at least three people, as per local media reports.
 

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 14:07 IST

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