Canalside homes flooded in Songkhla

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SONGKHLA, Jan 13 – Up to a hundred households along a canal in Songkhla’s Hat Yai district have been inundated by a second round of flooding this year.

The U-tapao canal overflowed its banks, inundating communities along the canal, and flooding blocked a shortcut roadway linking two districts.

However, the flash flood which hit many communities in the outer areas of Hat Yai district has receded. Flooding on Kanchanawanit Road, connecting Hat Yai and Sadao districts has fallen as the water quickly flowed into the U-tapao canal.

The local weather service in Songkhla warned of heavy rain and flash floods in the lower south today through Sunday in Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang and Satun and from Saturday through Monday in Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

The meteorological department also forecast high waves in the Gulf of Thailand and small boats were advised to stay ashore.