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People flee as heavy seas, storms pound south
« on: December 29, 2011, 09:51:20 AM »
Similar waves in the Gulf of Thailand have damaged coastal areas of Pattani.

Meanwhile, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) yesterday warned 10 provinces in the South of high and violent waves and heavy downpours.

Nakhon Si Thammarat Governor Viroj Jivarangsan said some local residents in Talumpuk Peninsula in Pak Phanang district had been evacuated to a road for their safety, as they were scared of the waves up to 4 metres high.

The National Disaster Warning Centre said more rough seas would hit the coast today and tomorrow and the situation was critical.

Viroj said he had told village heads in risky areas to evacuate their people promptly and provide shelters in safe areas for them. The province's Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office was also told to keep an eye on the situation around the clock.

Pattani Governor Teera Mintrasak said waves up to 4 metres high had damaged a road along the coast in Yaring district, partially eroding a 15-kilometre stretch.

He said many villages in Yaring and Muang districts had been hit by the waves, affecting 1,000 households.

In Chumphon, giant seas from Sunday to Tuesday affected 3,888 people from 1,262 households in six districts. Eight roads, a bridge, two fishing boats and two buildings were damaged.

The body of an unidentified young female body was found on a beach in front of Maejo University, Lamae Campus, in Chumphon. Police suspect she might have died in a boat accident on rough seas.

In Ranong, fishing boats have ceased putting out to sea, resulting in a rise in the price of seafood.

DPMD director-general Wiboon Sanguanpong warned people in 10 provinces - Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Yala, Pattani, Satun, Narathiwat, Krabi and Trang - especially those living near the coast and mountain slopes, to be aware of the danger of violent waves and heavy rain from today until Sunday.
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Re: People flee as heavy seas, storms pound south
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2012, 10:36:21 AM »
Heavy rain and flash floods are causing New Year's havoc in the South, with one man feared dead, eight hikers missing, and evacuations ordered.
In Hat Yai, some tourists were stranded in their hotels after roads were cut off. In Narathiwat, some residents are getting about on flooded streets by boat.

Weather forecasters have warned the flooding could affect up to six southern provinces.

Hat Yai municipality has ordered an evacuation amid heavy rainfall, which has also triggered flash floods in 12 Songkhla districts as well as other parts of the deep South.

Hat Yai mayor Phrai Phatthano said floodwater from Sadao district was likely to rise to 1.2 metres high.

Floodwaters inundated parts of the municipality yesterday amid fears it could also penetrate the downtown area.

Residents were told to take their belongings and vehicles out of the area immediately. The municipality had raised red signal flags, which signify an evacuation.

Among the eight areas is Chanwirot community. It is the front line before water enters inner Hat Yai where the commercial area is located.

Local officials have built a wall of sandbags to protect core areas.

One resident, identified as Fakmeng Sae Jia, 54, reportedly drowned after being unable to leave his flooded house in tambon Phatong in Hat Yai district.

A pre-dawn torrent from the Banthat mountain tore through Moo 1, 2 and 7 of tambon Chalung in Hat Yai, hitting residents' cars and other belongings.

Hat Yai and Sadao have been hardest hit by the flooding with a section of Kanchanawanit road in Ban Luk Thung under one metre of water.

The road which links the two districts could no longer take traffic, and transport to Sadao was cut off.

Many tourists from Malaysia and Singapore who celebrated the New Year in Hat Yai have been left stranded in hotels because they cannot use the road to Sadao, which borders northern Malaysia.

Train transport between Hat Yai and Padang Besa stations in Sadao is also closed because water has flooded a section of railway in Phatong municipality in Hat Yai.

Other flooded districts in Songkhla include Muang, Chana, Na Thawi, Na Mom, Saba Yoi, Khlong Hoi Khong, Bang Klam, Thepha, Singha Nakhon and Sathing Phra.

Meanwhile, overnight rainfall in Songkhla, Phatthalung, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat has resulted in flash floods.
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