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Thailand weather update: Thailand floods

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31 March 2011

The BBC is reporting that around 1,200 stranded tourists have been evacuated from Koh Samui and Koh Tao on the country's only aircraft carrier.

"There are roughly one million people affected in many provinces. At first we thought the flood would last a day or two, but now it has already been one week," deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban told BBC news.

Rising Thailand flood waters have hampered relief efforts in the hardest hit provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, Trang, Krabi and Phatthalung.

A British Embassy spokesman told the BBC that a team on its way to the island of Koh Samui would initially be based at the airport to assist British Nationals.

Around 1million people have been affected by the floods, with air travel, road and rail links electricity cut to many areas. A total of 80 districts in eight provinces have been declared disaster areas.

The Foreign Office has advised British nationals in affected areas to follow advice from local authorities and news agencies.

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