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Southern Thailand’s floods kill 12, affect half a million

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Rescue workers ride a boat as they patrol an area flooded in Sichon District, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand December 3, 2016. play

Rescue workers ride a boat as they patrol an area flooded in Sichon District, Nakhon Si Thammarat province, Thailand December 3, 2016.

(Reuters)

The country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department on Monday announced floods in Thailand’s southern region have killed 12 and affected nearly 489,000 people since Dec. 1.

Director-General of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, Chatchai Promler said that all the victims drowned.

According to the latest report issued, ten southern provinces are affected by the flooding, which comes on the heels of heavy rainfall.

The ten provinces include Chumporn, Suratthani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Trang, Pattalung, Songkla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat.

Suratthani’s Koh Samui Island and Krabi are the country’s top seaside tourist destinations.

“Train services from Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Thung Song district to other southern provinces have been temporarily suspended,’’ local media reported. 

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