More Floods Feared in South as 1.6 Million Affected

Men paddle a foam raft through their submerged community Sunday in Surat Thani province.

BANGKOK — The southern region isn’t out of danger yet as the death toll continues to rise from massive flooding and heavy rain is forecast for throughout the week.

Flash flood and landslide warnings were issued Monday for the southern region due to stronger monsoon conditions, just four days after officials said the situation was returning to normal.

The worst flooding in a decade has inundated 12 southern provinces since the beginning of the year, killing at least 43 people and affecting more than 1.6 million people.

Though water levels have fallen across the area, the situation remains critical in the six provinces of Phatthalung, Songkhla, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Prachuap Khiri Khan.

Most of the roads in the south have reopened to normal traffic, according to transportation officials.

Disaster officials said Sunday they instructed their staff to prepare for more mass flooding.

The military government on Sunday held a two-hour telethon which raised 329 million baht in relief funds from the public. Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the money would be sent to support southern residents, with an additional 100 million baht per affected province.

 Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha takes a call during a Sunday telethon to raise funds for the southern flood relief effort.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha takes a call during a Sunday telethon to raise funds for the southern flood relief effort.

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