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Eight killed by southern floods

Flash floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in southern Thailand have
left seven people confirmed dead in Nakhon Si Thammarat and one in
Surat Thani, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said on Monday.
Severe flooding continues to wreak havoc in southern Thailand, leaving
at least eight people dead, with heavy monsoonal rain to likely
continue in the region until the end of this week. (Photo by Nucharee
Rakrun)
The minister said the death toll was confirmed by the National Flood Relief Coordination Centre.

Mr
Jurin said he had instructed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to
prepare 100,000 emergency medical supplies packages for people in
flood-hit areas.

The FDA had sent 20,000 packages to Nakhon Si Thammarat, the hardest hit among the eight affected southern provinces.

“Twelve
state hospitals and provincial public health offices in Nakhon Si
Thammarat and Surat Thani have been destroyed by the deluge,” Mr Jurin
said.

However, Tha Sala Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Tha
Sala district, which was less than one metre of water yesterday, was
able to provide field services to out-patients today after the water
level receded.    

The other six provinces ravaged by the flooding are Chumphon, Ranong, Trang, Songkhla, Phatthalung and Satun.

National
Flood Relief Coordination Centre deputy director Vittayen Muttamara
said each province can request an immediate emergency budget to help
people in flood-hit areas.

More than 268,000 people in 42
districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang and
Chumphon were affected by flooding, he said.

The Department of
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation had sent flat-bottomed boats to
inundated areas. People in need of assistance can call the 1111 hotline
around the clock, he said.

Mr Vittayen said there might be heavy rain in the South again tonight but the situation should ease by the end of the week.

Nakhon
Si Thammarat governor Thira Mintrasak said the flooding in Nakhon Si
Thammarat has yet to improve and heavy rain continues to fall in most
areas of the province.

Rescue teams, including soldiers from the
Fourth Army Region and volunteers, were working in  flooded areas to
provide food and medical supplies to people in need – particularly
elderly and sick people, the disabled, children and pregnant women, Mr
Thira said.

Reports said Chumphon province continued to be battered by strong winds and big waves.

A rescue team had been sent to help six students stranded on Chumphon’s Koh Klaep.

And
there was an unconfirmed  tragedy in Phatthalung province, where an
eight-year-old child was reported to have drowned in the floodwaters.

 
Bangkok Post
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