Flooding Misery In The South Continues
All 13 districts of the southern border province of Narathiwat were declared disaster areas earlier this week for the second time this year after several days of heavy rain caused widespread flooding.
The declaration was made late last Sunday night by governor Sithichai Sakda to mobilise all resources to help flood-hit people. Further rain across the province overnight caused the floodwater to increase rapidly in 470 villages of 74 tambons in 13 districts, affecting 145,686 people in 36,605 households.
Altogether 169 households to have been evacuated, 13 schools closed and 27 houses partly damaged. The floods and 23 landslides have damaged 181 roads, eight bridges, 12 drainage pipes, two water reservoirs, six government installations, five Buddhist temples and 22 mosques, 86 rai of fish ponds and 19,316 rai of farmland and killed 935 domestic animals.
The governor on Monday morning visited several communities in Sungai Kolok district where some low lying spots were 1.6 metres under water. A temporary shelter for flood-hit people has been set up at Thessaban 4 School to accommodate 207 people of 54 families.