Severe flooding in Nakhon Si Thammarat in southern Thailand has claimed 17 lives and damaged more than 170,000 hectares (ha) of crops and fish farms following days of heavy rain.
Floods in Nakhon Si Thammarat, the worst-hit province in southern Thailand, damaged bridges, roads and other infrastructures in the province while tens of thousands of people were affected.
Nakhon Si Thammarat Governor Kraisorn Wisitwong said 144,000 ha of agriculture crops were inundated by floods while 32,000 ha of fish farms were damaged.
“I was informed that four more bodies were found in Nakhon Si Thammarat this morning, bringing the death toll to 17 people,” he said.
He said the high tide had cause low-lying and flood-prone areas to remain flooded despite the cessation of rain and improving weather.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said six provinces in southern Thailand – Surat Thani, Phattalung, Songkhla, Krabi, Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat were still inundated.
Local media reported that some villagers were evacuated to temporary shelters such as temples and schools as the water levels remained high.
The flood situation in Surat Thani has worsened with more households now affected, due to a massive volume of water flowing downstream from Nakhon Si Thammarat, and hitting with the flow from Krabi, affecting villagers along Ta Pi river and I Pan canal.
Soldiers from the Royal Thai Army’s Mobile Development Unit 46 have handed out drinking water to villagers in Ban Bang Yod village in Phrasaeng District of Surat Thani, who are affected by the flooding.
The area has received a mass of water from Krabi along I Pan canal, which cannot flow into the Ta Pi river because of the high water level in the Ta Pi river from Nakhon Si Thammarat. This has caused the I Pan canal to overflow and flood 86 households.
The water level of Ta Pi river in Phrasaeng District is now 1.5 meters higher than the crisis level, meaning at least five subdistricts are now affected by the flood.
Local authorities are assisting flood victims and assessing the damage. Surat Thani Governor Witchawut Jinto has ordered flow accelerating boats to operate and help push the water into the sea, starting today at Phunphin district where villagers have been affected by flooding for some time.