(CTN News) – There have been tens of thousands of people in southern Thailand who have been impacted by the extreme flooding that has caused highways and trains to be submerged, schools to be forced to close, and some inhabitants to be stranded inside their homes.
With some areas being inundated for days, the province of Narathiwat, located in the far south of the country and is close to the border with Malaysia, was the most severely hit, as reported by the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (TBS).
The report stated that “scores of people” had requested assistance, and some were sitting on the roofs of their homes that had been inundated.
At least a dozen schools have been forced to close in the provinces of Narathiwat and Yala, which are nearby provinces. Additionally, footage from the region showed residences and shops that were entirely submerged in water.
At least seven boats have sunk in the Gulf of Thailand and Andaman Sea since Friday due to the torrential rain that has been falling constantly for many days.
Because of track subsidence, trains travelling south to Malaysia were forced to stop at Yala, which is 100 kilometres (62 miles) away from the border. The kingdom’s state railway company announced this.
Residents of the provinces have been cautioned by the authorities to be prepared to evacuate if the floods become more severe.
In December of the previous year, catastrophic floods in the region claimed the lives of at least three persons.