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6 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Thailand flood

Death toll rises to 15

AFP

BANGKOK: Fifteen people have died and one million have been affected by flooding in Thailand's deep south, authorities said yesterday, reports AFP.

The monsoon rains that started late last month have inundated eight provinces and hit hundreds of thousands of households, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department.

Fifteen people have drowned, an official at the department's call centre told AFP. The toll stood at five under a week ago.

Some one million residents have been hit in some way: through submerged or damaged homes, disruption to occupations such as farming, or transport difficulties because of flooded roads. The affected areas include Muslim-majority provinces long plagued by violence between the government and insurgents seeking more autonomy.

Wanchai Sakudomchai, the Meteorological Department director-general, said the downpour is expected to taper off in mid-December.

"But before that time heavy rains are expected from December 6th to 8th," he added.

 

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