Heavy rain, floods kill 21 in South Thailand

A rescue boat and a helicopter were moving towards a group of stranded people in the Srinakarin district of the southern Thai province of Phattalung. -AFP
At least 21 people were killed in a widespread flooding in southern Thailand, hitting rubber production in the region and shutting down infrastructure, officials said yesterday, reports Reuters. Thailand's wet season usually ends in late November and heavy rain and flooding are rare in January. Unseasonably heavy rain has hit 12 out of 67 provinces, officials said.

"We have sent soldiers, police and the ministry of the interior to ease the situation," deputy prime minister Prawit Wongsuwan told reporters. The military government has also increased aid to the flood-affected areas. The death toll from the floods stood at 21 on Monday with more than 330,000 households affected, according to the department disaster prevention and mitigation.

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