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Flash floods strand thousands in Thai city

by Staff Writers
Bangkok (AFP) Nov 2, 2010
Flash floods, several metres deep in places, have swept through a major city in southern Thailand, stranding about 100,000 residents, officials said Tuesday.

Heavy flooding has already killed more than 100 people in Thailand since October 10, mainly in central and eastern areas, and with the disaster spreading there are fears of more casualties.

Rising waters began to inundate Hat Yai city in Songkhla province late Monday after days of heavy downpours, cutting power and affecting tens of thousands of people.

"Eighty percent of Hat Yai is under flood water and 30,000 households with 100,000 residents are stranded in their homes," Hat Yai mayor Prai Pattano said on local television.

"At the critical point the water is three to four metres (up to 13 feet) deep," he said.

The authorities estimate that almost six million people have been affected, with homes submerged and farmland or cattle destroyed.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva described the floods as "a huge natural calamity".

"I'm very concerned, especially about Songkhla province where all road access is cut by the floods," he said.

A hospital in the region was forced to evacuate patients on Monday after the area was hit by flash floods.

In total 104 people, including three foreigners, have died in the disaster, which has affected dozens of provinces around the country, although the waters have receded in some areas.

Most of the victims were in central and eastern Thailand, with just two deaths reported so far in the south, due to electrocution.

Bangkok has been on standby but has so far avoided major flooding.

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