31 Mar '11, 5am

Hundreds of tourists, villagers stranded by deadly floods in Samui, Krabi

BANGKOK - Thailand's navy has sent its only aircraft carrier, the HTMS Chakri Naruebet to evacuate as many as 800 tourists stranded on holiday resort islands after flooding throughout the rubber-producing southern region killed 11 people. The vessel transported tourists from Koh Samui and Tao, both islands in the Gulf of Thailand, to a port near Bangkok late yesterday, said government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn. Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva visited the region to inspect the flooding and ordered residents evacuated from all areas at risk. At least four people have been killed in landslides in southern Thailand, bringing the death toll to 15 in the flood-battered region. A Krabi province official says another 10 to 20 people are missing in the landslides from late Tuesday night. Some seven villages were affected by the slides, three of which were ...

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