Southern railway line still cut off by floods

THE Southern railway line remains impassable at Nakhon Si Thammarat this morning as some southern provinces reel under the impact of big floods brought on by heavy rainstorms over the past few days.

Trains from Bangkok are parked at Nakhon Si Thammarat’s Thong Song station because a two-kilometer stretch of the rail track from Tha Wang to Baan Kabang stations are under 50 centimeter to a meter of floodwater, Thai News Agency said today (Jan. 5).

The flooding is as high as 1.5 meters at major residential areas of this province.

people-cope-with-floods-in-southern-thaialndNakhon Si Thammarat’s governor opened a flood help center today and said that the flooding this time is as bad as the previous round with many districts being affected and floodwater as high as a meter in the business area.

Flooding also continued in Phatthalung province this morning with Petch Kasem Highway from Phatthalung to Trang flooded at two point making it difficult for small cars to pass.

Between Baan Pak Klong till Phatthalung stations floodwater damaged 37 points of the railway line totaling a distance of 260 meters. No repairs can be made as yet because of strong floodwater currents.

Meanwhile in Trang a big wave of floodwater rushed in and covered a five-kilometer distance, mainly from Phraya Ratsadanu Pradit Mahisorn Phakdi Monument intersection till Thapap intersection in Muang district, making it difficult for vehicles to pass through and affecting hundreds of households.


Top: A flooded stretch of the Southern railway line in Phatthalung province. Photo: Thai News Agency

Inset: Still able to smile despite waist-high floodwater are some residents of Nakhon Si Thammarat. Photo: Thai News Agency


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