Floods hit Samui

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SURAT THANI, 27 November 2012 – Authorities on Koh Samui of Surat Thani province have been ordered to stay alert around the clock after a downpour flooded many parts of the island yesterday.

Samui district chief Prasert Jitmung, urged officials to remain vigilant and be prepared to help people escape rising waters. Many areas on the island were inundated, some of them by up to 30 centimeters, after rains hit the island early yesterday. Officials prevented floods on key roads in popular tourist areas but most of the island has succumbed to flooding.

The Meteorological Department has warned of continued heavy rain throughout the Eastern and Southern region until tomorrow. Prasert said ferry services between Samui and the mainland have not been disrupted but urged operators to closely monitor weather forecasts as reports have warned of surges as high as 2 meters.