08 Apr '11, 11am

Flood survivors in southern Thailand hanging on despite conditions

Flood survivors in southern Thailand hanging on despite conditions

SURAT THANI PROVINCE, Thailand: An altered, almost unrecognizable landscape of roofs, treetops and oil palms. The Tapi River overflowed its banks inundating the city of Surat Thani, 650 kilometres south of Bangkok. Unseasonable heavy precipitation caused major flooding in 10 southern Thai provinces and over a week later, some people are still living without power and clean water. So far, it has claimed 53 lives and forced 40,000 people to flee their homes. The Thai Air Force in Surat Thani has multiple missions a day to deliver food, medicine and drinking water to victims. These are by far the worst floods in recent memory. Group Captain Saridporn Soonthornkit, Base Commander of Wing 7 with the Royal Thai Air Force, said: "Normally the water level may be just one metre high, but this flood we can see in some places is two or three metres (in) depth." A helicopter mission t...

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