Floods continue to disrupt southern Thailand

All train services to the South have been suspended because of the heavy flooding, according to the State Railways of Thailand on Tuesday.

Nuan-anong Wongchan, public relations chief of the State Railways of Thailand (SRT), said South-bound trains, normally scheduled to leave Bangkok between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time, have been suspended, adding that passengers who bought tickets can get a full refund.

Bangkok Post online reported that heavy rain and associated flooding across southern Thailand have been disrupting transport and day to day businesses.

Thailand floods

All 13 districts of Narathiwat province had seen continual rainfall since Monday night, causing widespread flooding in many areas.

About 90 percent of land and plantations in Narathiwat province were flooded, with the water between 40 and 50 centimeters deep.

Goods on sale in shops have been ruined as people could not move them to higher ground before the flood water surged into their premises.

The National Disaster Warning Centre forecast is for more heavy rain Tuesday and into tomorrow.

The centre warned people in Satun, Trang, Krabi, Phuket, Phang Nga, Ranong, Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Chumphon of the danger of forest run-off and landslides.

The waves in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea were reported at two to three meters high.

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