November monsoons cause flash floods in Southern Thailand

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Persistent rains caused flash floods in southern provinces of Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Trang, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces.

The government has ordered immediate help for flood victims in seven southern provinces affected by persistent rains.



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Prime Minister’s Office Minister Anucha Nakasai said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was concerned about southern flooding and ordered swift assistance for affected people.

The prime minister had yet to schedule his visit to the region, the minister said.

The South usually faces monsoons in November and December, so local organizations including the 4th Army are ready to help flood victims.

Col Sirichan Ngathong, deputy spokesperson of the army, said persistent rains caused flash floods in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Trang, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat provinces.

Flood levels were rising in many provinces, especially Nakhon Si Thammarat, and army chief Gen Narongphan Jitkaewtae ordered the 4th Army to rescue flood victims, she said.

According to Col Sirichan, deep floods were reported from most districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat and seven main roads were cut off in the province.

The South usually faces monsoons in November and December, so local organizations including the 4th Army are ready to help flood victims.

Col Sirichan said that southern flood situations should be relieved in seven days. (TNA)

Southern flood situations should be relieved in seven days, deputy spokesperson of the army.