Flood situation easing in South
- Published: 5/01/2013 at 12:49 PM
- Online news:
Floods triggered by heavy rain in Thailand's southernmost provinces have started receding, reports said on Saturday.
In Yala's Raman district, the rain has stopped and the water level of Saiburi River has slightly dropped.
However, more than 100 households along the river are still affected by the flood disaster. The water has cut off access to the villages, causing transportation problems for the locals who now have to commute by boats.
Local rubber farmers said they hoped that the trees could be tapped in about 15 days because they could be damaged if submerged for a prolonged period.
In Narathiwat province, the flood situation was stable after the rain ceased to fall two days ago.
However, many residential and farming areas were still inundated. The most critical zone was in Sungai Kolok municipal area where more than 50 families have been evacuated to a local school.
The water level was measured at 60 to 120 centimetres, contributed by the downpour from mountains in Sukhirin district and brimming Sungai Kolok River.
There was an upside to this disaster as many locals have been able catch fish swimming down with the currents. This provides each of them 200 to 300 baht in income in the time when they have not been able to work in the rubber plantations for the past month.
A local army unit handed out bags of essentials to evacuees who were mostly elders and children. Some of them started to suffer from waterborne diseases after having to encounter repeated floods.
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