Throughout the evening of 31st March and all day and evening on April 1st, here in Hua Sai the rain refused to ease. This added to the flooding and saw flood levels rise substantially, however as the winds dropped the waves dropped in the sea giving some respite to the seaside residents.
Residents in eight flood-ravaged southern provinces are being told to remain on high alert despite rainfall easing off . Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Trang, Phangnga, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phatthalung provinces are not yet in the clear, even though less rain is forecast between today and Monday.
The mountains, now saturated have exposed lower lying areas to the dangers of mud-slides and water run-off.
The higher than normal tides have slowed the run-off of water into the sea, causing the flood levels to remain high.
Several districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani are still trying to recover after the extreme flooding that they have experienced.
Several bridges and roads remain closed, as they are damaged by the raging waters.
Many villagers remain stranded due to floodwaters and landslides.
The army have been brought in with some helicopters to try and rescue some of those cut off.
Flood water in some areas have been recorded at over 5 metres deep, engulfing homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and temples.
A total of 35 people have now been confirmed dead as a result of the floods and mudslides, 15 in Nakhon Si Thammarat, 8 in Surat Thani, 6 in Krabi, 2 in Phatthalung, 2 in Chumphon and 2 in Trang.
Provinces hit by major flooding are Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phangnga, Satun and Narathiwat.
As many as 2 million people have been affected and 1 million rai of farmland is currently submerged by the waters.
Whilst the rain here in Hua Sai has eased today (2nd April), the forecasts say more is to come over the weekend with some respite on Monday but more rain on Tuesday.
Driving in Hua Sai on April 1st video:
Some images from the flooding:
- Floods Submerge South Thailand (steveriches.wordpress.com)
- South Thailand Warned of Prolonged Flooding (steveriches.wordpress.com)
- Heavy Rain Overnight adds to Flooding in South Thailand (steveriches.wordpress.com)
- Thailand battles southern floods (bbc.co.uk)
- You: Floods hit southern Thailand (earthtimes.org)
- Thai navy rescues tourists (theage.com.au)
- You: Thai flood toll reaches 11, thousands stranded (france24.com)