Floods in southern Thailand kill 9 people
Nine people were killed in Nakhon Si Thamarat province, due to floods in southern Thailand, which affected about 500,000 people, and more rain is expected in the coming days. It also caused damage to dozens of homes and affected approximately 210,000 families. About 150,000 hectares of farmland were flooded.
Six other provinces - Narathiwat, Songkhla, Pattani, Surat Thani, Chumpun and Battalung - are also experiencing floods. The heavy rain began a week ago and is expected to continue in the coming days, at a time when strong monsoons hang over the Gulf of Thailand and an air depression prevails over the Malka Strait.
The main airport is still open to flights, but is surrounded by water. And the military vehicles transport the passengers to the airport.
"This year is the worst in 50 years, and floods occur every year in certain areas of the region, but not of this size, and they were not that severe that prevent us from using boats," Provincial Governor (Krasorn Visitwung) told AFP.