By THE NATION
Peerasak Homdech was walking near his home when he was overcome by the floodwaters. He was found dead about an hour later.
The pre-dawn flood in Tambon Na Mor Boon prompted the Fourth Army Region’s 15th Artillery Division to send soldiers to help residents move belongings and livestock to higher ground.
In the province’s Cha-uat district, schools in Tambon Kuan Nong Hong closed yesterday due to the flooding.
In Songkhla province, two days of continuous rain resulted in flooding in various areas including parts of Kanchanawanich Road between Hat Yai and Muang districts. Officials were trying to drain floodwater yesterday amid continuing rain.
In Surat Thani, strong winds and waves yesterday forced governor Auychai Innak to temporarily halt the search for three people missing after a boat accident near Koh Tao.
The governor urged all ships to stay ashore till conditions improve. Chokhiran Co’s towboat was sunk by five-metre waves off Koh Tao on Wednesday evening, which caused several injuries and the three who went missing.
The weather bureau issued a warning of heavy rain in the South and strong winds and waves in the Gulf of Thailand.
The active low pressure system over lower Southern Thailand and Malaysia is forecast to move west slowly until Monday, while the strong Northeast monsoon across the |Gulf and South is forecast to cause heavy rain in most southern provinces.
Residents in Surat Thani, including Koh Samui, as well as Nakhon |Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Phang Nga and Ranong have |been warned to expect severe |weather and possible flash floods until Monday. People travelling have been told to do so cautiously.
Strong winds caused waves of up to three-metres in the Gulf.
Ships have been warned to proceed with caution and small boats told to stay ashore.