More than 1,600 homes across seven districts in Narathiwat have been flooded during heavy rains over the past three days, stranding more than 6,500 residents.
Relentless downpours have triggered flooding in 23 tambons of Sungai Kolok, Si Sakhon, Chanae, Waeng, ChoAirong, Rueso and Tak Bai districts in Narathiwat.
A total of 6,508 residents from 1,612 households have been affected by flooding.
The most severe flooding was in Sungai Kolok municipality, where 60-80cm of floodwater inundated the area, forcing 130 residents from 17 households to evacuate to a temporary shelter set up in Municipality 4 School.
About 24 roads in the province's six districts were still impassable due to 50-80cm floods.
Four schools in Rangae, Muang Narathiwat and Waeng districts have cancelled their classes.
Run-off from the San Kala Kiri mountain range also raised water levels in the Sungai Kolok River by about 1.2 metres, bursting its banks and inundating five communities in Sungai Kolok municipality.
In Songkhla, the floods have ravaged paddy fields in five tambons of Rattaphum district. More than 320 rai of rice fields have been under water now for two days, ruining crops. Ten rai of farmland belonging to Sumeth Kwanprod in Songkhla's Rattaphum district remain under water after several days of heavy rain.
He said the flood came fast and most of the farmers were not prepared.
Mr Sumeth called on the authorities to provide assistance to farmers.
Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, yesterday said the downpour in the lower South had triggered floods in Yala, Phatthalung, Narathiwat and Songkhla. A total of 100,000 people in almost 26,713 households in the four provinces have now been affected by the floods, he added. The department's provincial offices will set up operation centres to work with the central agency to provide food and water to those affected.
The Eastern Coast of the South Meteorological Centre said yesterday that scattered thundershowers would cover about 60% of the provinces south of Nakhon Si Thammarat, but some of the areas could face heavy rains.
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