Floods suspend train service in Thai South


SONGKHLA, Nov 20 – Service on all railway trains travelling to and from Hat Yai in this southern province and Sungai Kolok in nearby Narathiwat province were temporarily suspended while maintenance is underway after torrential rain hit many areas of the South.

Songkhla Governor Kritsada Boonrat said public agencies are monitoring the flood situation and immediately alerting the public before flooding turns critical.

Floodwaters damaged the bridge linking Baan Ta Pad and Tepa rail stations, resulting in today’s suspended services between Sungai Kolok and Hat Yai. Passengers can only board train at Hat Yai Station for Bangkok.

In Phatthalung province, Governor Seri Srihatrai on Wednesday ordered quick drainage of canals in six districts near the Bantat Mountain range including Kongra, Tamod, Srinakarin, Pabon, Sribanphot and Pa Payom districts. He said the water level has begun rising and fast drainage is needed to prevent flooding as the rain will likely continue.

Meanwhile, Trang provincial disaster response chief Amnuay Chatarat ordered a close watch over six flood-prone districts including  Palian, Hat Samran, Yan Ta Khao, Na Yong, Sikao and Huy Yod as minor flooding is now affecting villagers’ oil palm and rubber plantations.