Persistent heavy rain well into what should be the dry season has triggered floods across the south, cutting road and rail links, threatening crops and affecting about 1.6 million people, said government officials. Unseasonable floods have killed 40 people, with more rain expected in the major rubber-producing and tourist region in coming days.
The worst isn’t over. They are expecting more rain this week while clean-up efforts are underway in places where the waters have subsided. The Meteorological Department said on its website more rain was expected this week.
Thailand is one of the world’s most important producers of natural rubber and the national rubber authority said on Thursday output in 2016-2017 would be about 10 percent lower because of the floods.
Flooding occurs in Thailand regularly during the rainy season but January is traditionally sunny and clear, and a high season for the tourism industry, including in southern seaside resorts.
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Top image for illustration purposes only (An aerial view shows flood waters surrounding a temple as members of the Humanitarian Assessment Survey Team assess damage north of Bangkok, Oct. 16, 2011. The team included 10 Marines from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, which trains regularly to respond to natural disasters during exercises on Okinawa and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Robert J. Maurer)