8 Provinces in Thailand floods, 21 dead

Flash floods hit eight major provinces in Thailand. Reportedly, 21 people were killed and hundreds of thousands affected by flooding.

According to the Ministry of Interior of Thailand, was launched from the pages of CNN, Thursday, March 31, 2011, flash floods hit southern Thailand, killing 21 people. As many as 716,000 people in eight provinces were affected.

The eight provinces are Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phang Nga.

Surat Thani, the area worst hit by floods, 311 roads were reported damaged. The loss is estimated at 1.5 billion baht, or about Rp430 billion.

Most had been evacuated to temples or other shelters. Local officials, Sombat Morakot, said the flash floods caused by heavy rain that fell for days.

"Heavy rains occurred over several days. I've never experienced this before in Thailand. The rain drags the ground and wood into some villages," said Sombat.

Heavy rains and flooding that still occurs also make river transportation services, such as boats and ferries, can not be executed. According to the Bangkok Post, airports in several provinces are also not functioning due to a puddle of water on the runway.

Thousands of tourists from various countries were stranded on an island vacation. Bad weather and ferry boat owners do not dare to sail. A total of 33 national and international flights at the airport in Samui canceled. According to the report of Bangkok Airways, as many as 2100 tourists not to go home since last Monday

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