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Tourism cities in Southern Thailand flooded: 14 dead

Tourism cities in  Southern Thailand flooded: 14 dead

No tourists are among the 14 people killed after floods in Thailand. they  badly affected southern holiday islands Samui and Pha Ngan as the country heads into the December-January high season for tourism.

A low-pressure system has brought heavy rain to parts of the south in the Gulf of Thailand, and floods have also severed the rail link to the south and Malaysia beyond.

Tourism has been a rare bright spot for an economy that has struggled to gain traction since the army seized power in a bloodless coup in 2014 to end months of political unrest.

Swimming is out of the question in Southern Thailand

The National Disaster Warning Centre confirmed 14 Thai people had been killed in various accidents caused by the weather in different parts of the south.

Southbound trains have been halted in the town of Thung Song in Nakhon Si Thammarat province because of flooding

December marks the beginning of the dry season when tourists descend on palm fringed beaches to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The tourism ministry expects a record 32.4 million arrivals this year.



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