Disasters & Accidents

At least 3 dead, 2 missing in southern Thailand foods

Bangkok, Dec 27 (EFE).- At least three people lost their lives and two children remain missing as a result of serious flooding in southern Thailand, while authorities predicted more rain for Wednesday.

Emergency teams recovered the bodies of two women Tuesday, aged 89 and 63, who died in the province of Narathiwat when the boat in which they were being evacuated along with two minors, aged 8 and 2, overturned.

Search teams worked Wednesday to find the two missing children.

Meanwhile, in the province of Yala, authorities reported another fatality due to drowning.

The rain storm affects the five southernmost provinces of Thailand, although the worst situation was recorded in Narathiwat and Yala, where dozens of schools closed and some hospitals were affected.

The water level exceeded two meters in some regions of Narathiwat, where residents had to take shelter on roofs or upper floors of their houses.

The waters have also forced the closure of some of the main roads that connect the region and the suspension of the railway service.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin visited some of the affected areas Tuesday and called on authorities to quickly help the population.

According to official figures, more than 19,500 families – or more than 80,000 people – have been affected by the floods.

Although the water level has begun receding in some areas, the Thai Meteorological Department predicts that the rains will continue until Friday, although in a more moderate manner.

These floods are due to the strong rain storm that has been hitting the region for days and has also caused flooding in neighboring Malaysia, where some 28,000 people have been evacuated from their homes, according to official data. EFE

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