Floods threaten Thailand as death toll mounts

DW – January 7, 2017

Authorities have deployed troops to help flood victims in southern Thailand, as several people died and thousands of villages were threatened by rising water levels. The unseasonably heavy rain is expected to continue.

Flash floods have affected nearly a million people across several provinces of the Asian country, its Interior Ministry said on Saturday. Several days of torrential rain caused swaths of farmland to become submerged, with water threatening villages and damaging more than 1,500 schools in Thailand’s south.

At least 18 people have been killed and one is missing, the officials added.

Military forces, including helicopters, have been activated to provide flood relief, set up shelters and distribute aid.