Thailand - Malaysia

Thailand in rush to help flood victims


Thai troops were rushing Wednesday to reach thousands of people stranded after flash floods swept through the southern city of Hat Yai. In northern Malaysia, 28,000 people have been displaced by floods, while an airport was closed due to a flooded runway.


More than 150,000 people live in Hat Yai, in Songkhla province, which was inundated by rising waters after days of heavy downpours.

"The flood water is beginning to recede and relief supplies have arrived so officials will be able to distribute them in various flood-hit areas," Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said.

"It's likely that today, because the waters are receding, we can reach all the stranded people."

"Many thousands of troops including from the army, navy and air forces have been dispatched with 10,000 ready meals," said Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon.

Heavy flooding has already killed at least 107 people around the country since 10 October in what Abhisit has described as "a huge natural calamity".

Flights to and from the popular tourist island of Samui were disrupted again Wednesday because of bad weather conditions.

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