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Southern Thailand flooding

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30 March 2011

After five days of heavy rain roads have become impassable and there are conflicting airport that operations at Koh Samui Airport are either closed or severely disrupted, with flights cancelled or subject to significant delay.

At this stage information from airlines and local handling agents is limited due to communications being affected by the storms.

The Foreign Office said in a statement: "Many places are experiencing power cuts due to the weather, and there is further flooding in Lamai, Chaweang, Bo Phut, and other areas, particularly on approach to Lamai. The flooding has caused debris to fall onto some of the roads making travel a little more difficult. Many boat operations have also been cancelled."

In addition to Samui, there is severe flooding on parts of the mainland including Chumphon, Surat Thani, and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces. The Andaman coast tourist areas of Phuket, Krabi and Khao Lak are also experiencing rain and large waves at the moment, but there have been no reported flooding or flight disruptions. Boat excursions and transfers however have been affected due to the waves.

Nakhon Sri Thammarat airport is temporarily closed and flights suspended due to runway flooding and flights from Koh Samui airport may also be disrupted. Ferry services between Surat Thani mainland, Samui Island, Pha Ngan Islan and Tao Island are also disrupted due to rough seas and there is a risk of mudslides and flash flooding in these areas

Affected provinces include Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani, Phattalung, Chumphon, Trang and Satun.

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