BANGKOK – At least 15 people have died and another 960,000 have been affected by heavy floods over the last week in 10 southern provinces of Thailand, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported on Tuesday.
The 15 deaths have been caused by floods and other related accidents, said an official statement signed by DDPM head Chaiyapol Thitisak.
The affected provinces are Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Narathiwat, Phatthalung, Pattani, Satun, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Trang and Yala.
The situation is particularly critical near Lake Songkhla in the homonymous province, in the districts of Krasae Sin, Ranot, Sathing Phra and Singha Nakhon.
Another critical area is located in Muang district in Trang province where the Trang river has overflowed.
Firefighters, police, soldiers, health workers and volunteers are engaged in search and rescue operations, setting up shelters, distributing food and clothing along with providing sanitation, drinking water and electricity services.
Weather experts anticipate rains will let up Wednesday and schools that had suspended classes last week are expected to reopen.
Floods are common in Thailand, where abundant rainfall is recorded between September and December during monsoons in the southern part of the country and between June and October in central and northern Thailand.