Flash floods in Thailand’s tourist areas leave six dead

Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017

thailand-floodsFlash floods have struck the southern part of Thailand, accompanied with torrential rainfall, claiming the lives of six people. In addition, the incident has delayed flights and also disrupted holidays during the peak tourist season.


Nine provinces that are based on the southern trail of Thailand have been hit by unseasonal rains for about a week.


The resort islands of Phangan and Samui have been deluged and it has left several tourists delayed or stranded. The floods have killed six people and impacted as many as 1,20,000 households along the southern regions of Thailand, according to the Interior Ministry in a certain statement. The waters have turned roads into rivers and the condition of unended rail tracks is also similar to this condition.


The Thai Meteorological Department has warned all the residents and visitors who have been visiting southern parts of Thailand of ‘heavy rain and flash floods’.


It has also added that heavy rains and downpour would continue for two more days. The photographs that are circulated in social media portray cars and motorcyclists traversing through waist-high waters. Furthermore, rail services  have been disturbed on the mainland. And, trains were not able to pass through the flooded region.


Thanongsak Kongprasert, who is the deputy governor of the State Railway of Thailand said that the flood waters have hit the railway tracks and in certain places the track has also been washed away.


The main airport that is located in Nakhon Si Thammarat province has been damaged because the runway is flooded.


This has affected at least 26 flights, said the transport ministry.


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