Six killed as floods wreak havoc in seven provinces
Mon, Nov 09, 2009
The Nation/Asia News Network
In hardest-hit Yala, where all six deaths occurred, survival kits from Their Majesties the Kings and Queens have been distributed to those affected. There are more than 33,000 villagers in Yala affected.
Nirand Phetthae, head of a tambon administrative organisation, said those given the kits were badly affected, with some of them having to stay on their home roofs due to high flood levels.
"Those villagers regard very highly of the kits, as a token which represents Their Majesties' care for them," he added.
Provincial governor Krissada Bunraj said he and the villagers highly appreciated His Majesty's concern for them. "It shows how gracious His Majesty has been to his people, he has helped his people even though he is still in his bed, receving hospital treaments," he added.
In Songkhla, 15 districts out of all 16 have been declared under the state of disaster emergency, after more than 150,000 in more than 48,000 households had been affected, and more than 5,200 evaculated. Around 16,000 rai of farmland and 348 roads had been inundated. A total floodcaused damage has been estimated at Bt180 million in Songkhla alone.
The train services have continued although long sections of rail tracks had been flooded with in low level in the southernmost provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat and in Songkhla's Chana district
Security officials in Pattani have been instructed to also provide emergency assistance to the locals in case of flash flood while still on high alert for possible insurgent attacks. Provincial security chief Maj General Jeerasak Chomprasob said said floodwater from Yala would possilby travel to Pattani within the nex few days, citing his own experiences.
In Phatthalung, the highest floodwater level reported was at 1.7 metres in four tambon in Muang district. People are using boats for transport and running out of drinking water and food supplies.
In Trang, the floodwater level had subsided after several days of no rains, but floodwater from neighbouring Nakhon Si Thammarat could swell the Train river and inundate residential areas by the river's side, said disaster relief officials.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, speaking in his weekly television address, said there were now 10 southern provinces hit by flooding, and that the government would take care of those affected and would assign a team of senior officials to travel to the region next week.
A weather forecast released yesterday has predicted lighter rains in the lower South but warned those living in lowlying areas or by river banks against flood flood or quick swelling of rivers, those living in mountaineous areas should also brace for land or mudslides.