Skip to main content

Airline trying to rescue stranded tourists after floods in Thailand

By Kocha Olarn, CNN
Thai Airways has added special flights to help people get out of flooded areas in southern Thailand.
Thai Airways has added special flights to help people get out of flooded areas in southern Thailand.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • At least 20 people were killed during flooding, officials say
  • More than 716,000 have been affected, officials say
  • Airliner says it has added more flights to help rescue people

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- Thai Airways stepped up its efforts to evacuate stranded tourists Thursday after deadly flash floods swept through eight provinces in southern Thailand.

The airline has added what it calls special flights to help get people out of the area, said Piyasvasti Amranand, Thai Airways president.

There were conflicting reports on the number of people who were killed in the floods. The Ministry of Public Health said 20 people were killed. The Interior Ministry said 21 were killed.

The flooding has affected more than 716,000 people, the country's disaster prevention agency said.

Villagers in one province, Krabi, have been asked to take shelter at temples or other areas, said a local official, Sombat Morakot.

"It rained severely in last couple of days," he said. "I have never seen something like this before. And when it rained, it flushed soil and logs down to villages."

Surat Thani, the largest of the southern provinces, has received at least 855 mm (34 inches) of rain since Saturday. The area typically gets 51 mm (2 inches) of rain during March.

Rain was expected to continue in the area but begin to lighten, the Thai Meteorological Department said.

 
Quick Job Search