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Mega Deluge Submerges Southern Thailand

Posted by feww on April 2, 2011

UPDATE at 06:30UTC

Death Toll From Flooding and Landslide Reaches 35

Major flooding have hit the Thai provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani, Trang, Chumphon, Songkhla, Krabi and Phangnga, Satun and Narathiwat, displacing or affecting up to 2 million people and submerging about 150,000 hectares of farmland, Bangkok Post reported.

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At least 30 killed, 100 missing, 1.2 million affected as mudslides bury vast swathes of southern Thailand

Thai government has declared about 90 districts in 8 southern provinces  as disaster areas.

Many sensible countries are advising their citizens NOT to travel to Thailand.

Torrents of muddy water have killed at least 30 people, left more than a 100 missing and injured hundreds more. Up to a 1,000 homes, schools, offices, stores and temples, as well as thousands of roads and bridges have been destroyed or damaged, as of posting.

Tens of thousands of people , including many tourists, have been evacuated.


Muddy waters reached to the tops of palm trees, as deadly landslides destroyed homes and bridges and roads were washed away, leaving many areas cut off.” Source: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Damage Estimate


Floodwaters have almost completely submerged all palm oil plantation areas as well as fruit orchards,
Bangkok Post reported. Image may be subject to copyright.
[NOTE:  rai = 1,600 m²]

Unseasonal Heavy Rain Floods Southern Thailand


A powerful storm over the Malay Peninsula dumped up to 1,300 mm (51 inches) over southern Thailand. TRMM satellite image shows rainfall for March 23–30, 2011. Source: NASA-EO

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