12 dead as torrential rain submerges Thailand

Saturday 07 January 2017 3 months ago 35   Bangkok    Print

People walking in a flooded street in Thailand.

Report  Web desk : People walk in a flooded street at Muang district in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, southern Thailand, on Saturday, bringing the death toll up to 12 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said. The flooding, which is roof-high in some areas, has affected more than 700,000 people since it started a week ago, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. At least 12 people have died, according to counts from the ministry and local officials, as waters turn roads into rivers and rip away stretches of rail track. The floods have also damaged more than 1,500 schools in the region, according to officials.