Unseasonal rain to bring more misery in flood-hit Thai south

Thailand faces more hardship from the unseasonable floods that have killed 40 people in the southern part of the country. More rain is expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days, a top disaster agency official said on January 15. Heavy rain – persisting well into what should be the dry season – has triggered floods across the south, cutting road and rail links, threatening crops and affecting about 1.6 million people, said Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department head Chatchai Promlert. “The worst isn’t over. We’re expecting more rain this week while clean-up efforts are under way in places where the waters have subsided,” Mr Chatchai added. According to the Thai Meteorological Department website, more rain is expected today. 

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