30 Mar '11, 3am

Flooding across southern Thailand has killed at least 11 people, stranded thousands - AFP

Flooding across southern Thailand has killed at least 11 people, stranded thousands - AFP

BANGKOK: Flooding across southern Thailand has killed 11 people and stranded thousands on storm-swept holiday islands as the navy's only aircraft carrier joins a rescue operation, officials said on Wednesday. Victims were either swept away by the rising waters, or buried in mudslides as the unseasonably wet weather deluged the homes and businesses of around a million people in what should be one of the hottest months of the year. Residents were left without electricity in many areas as the waters rose, while road, rail and air links to the southern region remain closed. Thousands were stranded on the tourist islands of Koh Samui and Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand as ferries were cancelled in the rough weather. Deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban said the government had sent its only aircraft carrier to rescue around 1,000 people stuck on Koh Tao island. "There are rou...

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