South Thailand reels from rain, high seas and winds

Several provinces in the South are feeling the impact of heavy downpours, strong winds and high waves, prompting the Meteorological Department to warn of flash floods in the region.

Here in Hua sai we have had around a foot of rain already and it is still coming down.

Waves as high as three metres yesterday seriously eroded about 50 kilometres of coastline in Narathiwat from Ban Ton beach in Muang district to Ban Koryao beach in Tak Bai district. The waves also damaged a section of coastal road and ravaged many trees.

Nearly 100 fishing boats could not reach Muang district shores because of the waves. They feared their vessels would be capsized by the force of the waves.

In Nakhon Si Thammarat, waves surged to more than 3m at Talumpuk cape, forcing fishermen to stay ashore.

People living near beaches in Paknakorn subdistrict were evacuated to safe areas after high tides flooded 30 houses. Waves were as high as 2m.

Songkhla's Hat Yai municipality is on full alert for possible flooding after days of heavy downpours.

Officials are closely monitoring the water level in U-tapao canal, a major water source. A green flag was raised yesterday to signal a safe water level. Residents were told to monitor the weather.

Waves over 2m high damaged about 80m of groynes near Banpod-Don Sak road in In Surat Thani's Don Sak district.

The Meteorology Department yesterday warned residents of Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Krabi, Trang and Satun to brace for flash floods, run-off and river overflows over the next three days. Small fishing boats were told not to leave shore because of strong winds.

Flood water in tambon Khayai and Phor Samton in Bang Pahan district was about 1.5m deep, affecting hundreds of villagers.

Irrigation Department chief Chalit Damrongsak yesterday said the flooding in low-laying areas along both sides of the Chao Phraya River remained critical as more than one billion cubic metres of water from fields would meet northern run-off and flow into the river. This would cause flood waters in Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi to rise by 5cm to 10cm a day, he said.

The water in the Chao Phraya River is expected to increase by 1.2m to 1.3m from Nov 5 to 9 as sea tides rise. Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi will be hit by the high tides, he said.

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn gives a bag of relief supplies to a flood victim in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Chalerm Phrakiat district during her visit to flooded areas of two provinces recently.[/SIZE]

Some pictures of the flooding in the North.[/FONT]

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