THAILAND - Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Phromlert reported Saturday that floods had receded in the seven provinces of Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Satun, Yala and Pattani - an indication that the flood situation in the south was beginning to improve.
However, he added that Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang and Narathiwat remained flooded, with more than 122,227 people in 29 districts affected.
In those provinces where floodwaters have receded, authorities are inspecting the damage to local property, Chatchai said. He urged people living in flood-affected areas near hillsides and waterways to closely monitor weather forecasts and disaster warnings. People in urgent need of assistance could call the 1786 help-hotline, available 24 hours a day, he said.
Meanwhile, six communities on the Kolok River in Narathiwat's Sungai Kolok district, which are still under 1-1.5 meter of water, were told to brace for more runoff from Sukhirin district last night. Many residents were evacuated to a shelter and their belongings moved to higher ground.
Local authorities have reported a sharp increase in cases of stress and depression, especially among children, as prolonged floods take their toll.
State officials said schools and government offices in the district remained closed.