Death toll climbs to 24, over 555 000 homes affected in southern Thailand's worst floods in 50 years

Death toll climbs to 24, over 555 000 homes affected in southern Thailand's worst floods in 50 years

The death toll from southern Thailand's worst flood in 50 years has risen to 24 as of Sunday, December 6, 2020. About 180 000 houses have been flooded, with Nakhon Si Thammarat the worst-hit province.

The region has been lashed by heavy rains brought by the southern monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand since November 25.

According to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, flooding has claimed more lives, including a woman who drowned in Phrasaeng District of Surat Thani, and two women who also suffered the same fate in Sathing Phra District of Songkhla.

More than 555 000 houses have been flooded, with Nakhon Si Thammarat the hardest-hit province, where 19 fatalities and 180 000 flooded homes were reported.

The disaster department added that while the situation eased, more floods were reported in Surat Thani, Trang, and Songkhla, despite water levels slowly receding in other provinces.

Weather forecasts showed that there would be less rain along the Gulf coast on Monday, December 7, but up to 60 percent more rains are expected for the rest of the week.

Featured image credit: When the Earth is Angry/YouTube


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