BANGKOK – More than 800,000 people have been affected by the current floods in Thailand’s south, with several provinces being critically inundated, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Sunday.
The floods that began on Nov. 25 have caused five deaths so far.
A source from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation told EFE Sunday the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Satun, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani are currently facing the floods that have cut off several major roads.
Pattani has registered the highest number of affected people at over 280,000, followed by Yala with over 110,000 affected.
In Songkhla, one of the most populated provinces in southern Thailand, floods are critical in the districts of Krasae Sin, Ranot, Sathing Phra and Singha Nakhon, situated next to Songkhla Lake.
The authorities are working to reduce the water level of the lake, channeling water into the Gulf of Thailand; in case of unhelpful weather condition, the floods could last a month.
The Sungai Golok river has overflowed its banks in Narathiwat province and has caused flooding, with water levels reaching up to two meters in some areas.
The armed forces have launched search and rescue operations, setting up shelters, distributing aid, and providing health services, drinking water and restoring electricity supply.
Boats have been the main transportation means to reach the inundated areas, according to the mitigation department.
Floods are common in Thailand where heavy rainfall is recorded during the monsoons, which affect the southern part of the country between September and December, and the central and northern regions between June and October.