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Over a dozen dead in southern Thailand as floods threaten tourist season

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By Alasdair Sandford  with AFP, Reuters
Over a dozen dead in southern Thailand as floods threaten tourist season

<p>Severe flooding across a large part of southern Thailand has killed more than a dozen people after several days of heavy rain.</p> <p>At least one person was reported missing. Most of the victims are said to be fishermen.</p> <p>The interior ministry said six days of floods had affected over half a million people. The main rail link to the south has been cut. </p> <p>In Nakhon Si Thammarat where at least five people died, high seawater levels have been made worse by flash floods from the mountains.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Thailand: 14 dead after heavy floods hit the country, tourism affected <a href="https://t.co/9rRKxQQvIC">https://t.co/9rRKxQQvIC</a></p>— UK Flood Crisis (@UKFloodCrisis) <a href="https://twitter.com/UKFloodCrisis/status/806070704420466688">December 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>A state of natural disaster has been reported in eleven provinces, from Prachuap Khiri Khan in the northern part of the Malay peninsula down to Satun which borders Malaysia. </p> <p>The floods have struck just as Thailand enters the high season for tourism. </p> <p>On the island of Koh Samui boats have been laid on to get visitors to the airport for scheduled flights.</p> <p>The recent heavy rainfall is extremely unusual for this time of year: the rainy season runs from June to October.</p> <p>The floods have also affected the south of Myanmar and the north of Malaysia. According to <a href="http://www.tmd.go.th/en/">Thai weather forecasts</a>, more rain is expected in the region over the coming days.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Floods cover most of the South <a href="https://t.co/y8f63VmwjS">https://t.co/y8f63VmwjS</a> <a href="https://t.co/sESlcFbs7H">pic.twitter.com/sESlcFbs7H</a></p>— Bangkok Post (@BangkokPostNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/BangkokPostNews/status/806093042289496064">December 6, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>