Widespread flooding in Thailand’s South has killed many, hit rubber production in the region and forced the shut down of infrastructure.
As a result, the military government increased aid to flood-affected areas.
Thailand’s wet season usually ends in late November and heavy rain and flooding is rare in January. However, unseasonably heavy rain has hit 12 out of 67 provinces
More than 330,000 households’ have been affected – according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
The Department said, the main airport in the Southern Province of Nakhon Si Thammarat would remain shut for the foreseeable future. A rail route from the Thai capital Bangkok to Nakhon Si Thammarat has also been suspended.
Southern Thailand is a major rubber-producing area and the floods have come at a particularly bad time for farmers’.
Widespread floods in 2011 killed more than 900 people and caused major disruption to industry, cutting economic growth that year to just 0.1%.