THAILAND - SERIOUS flooding in Thailand's south has left at least nine people dead, authorities said on Tuesday, as the country was struck by unseasonably cold weather.
Almost one million people have been affected by the heavy downpours across the southern region, according to a statement from the department of disaster prevention and mitigation.
Since the rains began six days ago, six people have died in Nakhon Si Thammarat - the hardest hit province - and one in Phatthalung, the statement said. Flood waters are now wreaking havoc in the provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Trang, Krabi and Phatthalung.
Services have been stalled at Nakhon Si Thammarat and Samui airports. Thousands of passengers were stranded on Koh Samui in Surat Thani province on Monday, while Nakhon Si Thammarat Airport has been closed since Sunday.
About 90 per cent of land and plantations in Narathiwat were flooded, with the water between 40 and 50 centimetres deep.
In Surat Thani, the flood waters are above three metres in places with more than 3,000 households completely cut off.
Relentless monsoon rain has caused severe flooding, landslides and forest run-off from Kaeng Krung National Park.
Reports said rescue teams were struggling to evacuate more than 3,000 stranded families in flood-ravaged areas.
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