Southern Flooding Gets 22 Billion Baht Price Tag
As the effects of the flooding in the Southern Provinces start to ease beaches began to come back to life on Thursday. Water levels have, on average, fallen in all 12 southern provinces where heavy rains have caused flash floods for more than a week, killing 36 people and affecting more than one million residents.
Forecasts for economic growth in the southern region economic have been revised down 2 percent for year, down from the 3.2 percent originally forecast by the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce. The floods have affected agriculture and business, two key sectors in the south’s economy. Tourism and transportation along with fishing, rubber production and palm oil plantations have also suffered damaged.
The Meteorological Department said on Thursday that the south should now start to resume seasonal typical weather with water levels returning to normal.They still have a way to go. The water stood two to three meters high in many provinces as of Thursday afternoon. The southern railway remains cut off but service was extended further southward to the Thung Song station of Nakhon Si Thammarat province while all public bus routes have resumed operation although with modified timetables. Most buses will leave earlier due to traffic congestion on affected roads.