Death toll rises to 14 in southern floods
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Death toll rises to 14 in southern floods

At least 14 people have died and eight more been injured in accidents due to the flooding in southern Thailand caused by this year's severe monsoon rains, officials confirmed on Monday.

Officials at the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said that while the situation has eased in some areas, persistent flooding continues to affect the three southern-most provinces of Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani.

Heavy rains and strong winds were expected in the area up until the New Year, the Meteorological Department said.

Severe weather warnings were issued on Monday for the Gulf of Thailand, with heavy winds and waves expected.

The floods have so far affected 1,415 villages causing the closure of 237 schools, 32 religious sites and 17 government offices.

Last week the area was declared a disaster zone by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, which releases funds and makes it easier to distribute assistance to flood victims.

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