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Flooding persists in 7 southern provinces

Floods persist in seven southern provinces, with more than 900,000 people affected by inundations that have resulted in 22 deaths over the past 15 days.

The northeastern monsoon that began on Nov 25 has brought flooding to 11 southern provinces: Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Satun, Chumphon, Narathiwat, Nakhon Sri Thammarat, Surat Thani and Krabi, 

The floods, which have claimed 22 lives so far, still persist in seven provinces, with 903,603 people from 3,077 villages in 56 districts enduring hardship, Chayapol Thitisak, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said on Saturday.

The seven provinces are Pattani, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Chumphon, Nakhon Sri Thammarat and Surat Thani, he said.

In Pattani, Nong Chik and Muang districts are still inundated. In Songkhla, the affected areas are Sathing Phra, Khuan Niang, Singha Nakhon, Krasae Srin, Bang Klam and Ranot districts. In Phatthalung, Khuan Khanun, Sri Banphot, Sri Nakharin, Kong Ra, Pak Phayun, Pa Phayom, Pa Bon, Khao Chaison, Bang Kaew and Tamot are affected.

In Trang, Muang, Na Yong, Wang Wiset, and Kantang districts are still inundated. In Chumphon, flooding remains in Lamae, Muang, Thung Tako, Pathiu, Phato, Sawi and Lang Suan.

In Nakhon Sri Thammarat, water levels remain high in eight districts: Cha-uat, Bang Khan, Chian Yai, Chulabhorn, Thung Song, Pak Phanang, Sichon, Na Bon, Chawang, Nop Phi Tham, Hua Sai, Chalerm Prakiat, Phommakhiri, Thung Yai, Chang Klang, Ron Phibun, Tha Sala and Tham Phannara.

In Surat Thani, seven districts -- Phrasaeng, Wiang Sa, Khian Sa, Ban Na San, Ban Na Doem, Phunphin and Don Sak -- are flooded.