Southern flood starts to recede


YALA, Feb 27 – Rain in Thailand’s South has stopped and flooding has receded in some areas. 

Floods began to recede in Yala today after the rain stopped last night, and three schools in the provincial seat and Raman district, forced to close by flooding, have reopened, while teachers and students cooperated to clean flooded classrooms.

In Raman district, about 30 houses are waterlogged with one-metre deep and residents have evacuated to higher ground along the roadside and the bridge over the Sai Buri River.

Soldiers, police officers and local government workers were deployed to assist local residents travelling by boat. It is believed the situation will return to normal if there is no more rain.

In Narathiwat, rainfall has stopped but 51 villages in seven districts remain under water. About 6,500 people have been affected by flooding and four schools remain closed.

In Phatthalung, Governor Winyu Thongsakul ordered local authorities to the damage and help flood victims as the situation has returned to normal in some areas.

However, some 300 houses in low-lying areas in Khuan Khanun district and the provincial seat are  under 40-50 centimetres of water.