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Flooding disruption in southern Thailand

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30 March 2011

Several airports are closed at Koh Samui and Nakhon Sri Thammarat due to runway flooding and bad weather, while ferry services have been cancelled between the mainland port of Surat Thani and the islands of Koh Samui and Koh Phangan due to heavy seas. The nearby island of Koh Tao is also now inaccessible.

Air travel, road and rail links and electricity have been cut in many southern areas, while there are reports that landslides in Krabi have buried several villages, killing at least two people and leaving 20 missing.

Floods have caused damage along the southern coast of the country with affected provinces including Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani (including the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao), Phattalung, Chumphon, Trang and Satun.

The Foreign Office warned, ‘there is a continued risk of mudslides and flash flooding in these areas,' and that, ‘Electricity and communications are currently disrupted across the region'.

The Thai Navy has sent its only aircraft carrier to the area to help rescue people stranded by unseasonal bad weather.

Most of the deaths so far have occurred in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. A total of 80 districts in eight provinces have been declared disaster areas.

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