Thousands flee Thailand floods

23:22, Nov 02 2010
Thai flooding
UNDER WATER: Aerial view shows an area affected by floods in Hat Yai where days of heavy rains drenched the main rubber growing region in Thailand.

A tropical depression that dumped two days of constant rain on southern Thailand has caused flooding that forced rail service to stop and thousands of residents to flee.

The flooding in parts of southern Thailand follows two weeks of flooding in the north in October that killed 104 people.

Mayor Prai Pattano of the hardest-hit Hat Yai district of Songkhla province said Tuesday that at least 100,000 people were affected there and the water was 1.5 meters (almost 5 feet) high.

The State Railway of Thailand suspended service on eight routes Tuesday due to flooded tracks in the Songkhla area

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