85 people died in flooding in South since December
Eighty-five people have died and four others are still missing in flooding in southern provinces since early December, according to the Public Disasters Prevention and Mitigation Department.
The department chief Mr Chatchai Promlert said on Monday that more than 1.7 million people and over 580,000 houses in 12 southern provinces have been affected by floods which also damaged more than 2,300 schools and 25 government offices.
Although flooding situation has eased in Ranong, Krabi, Trang, Chumporn and Prachuab Khiri Khan, seven other provinces namely Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani,l Phatthalung, Yala, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat remains flooded.
Heavy rains are anticipated today until Wednesday in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
Meanwhile, people living downstream of 17 mid-sized reservoirs in southern provinces have been warned to watch out for flooding from swollen canals due to sudden spillover of water from the overflowing reservoirs.
The Royal Irrigation Department has instructed officials in Petchaburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Krabi, Phatthalung, Trang, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat to watch out for these 17 out of 39 reservoirs for fear that they won't be able to hold any more water and the excess water will pour downstream and inundate areas on both sides of the canals.
Although it is quite normal for the 17 reservoirs to be filled up during the rainy season, heavy rains which have been lashing the southern region since last week will overflown the reservoirs and may cause havoc downstream of the reservoirs.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)