Flash Flood kills 5 in southern Thailand

A Buddhist monk paddles a boat down a flooded street in Nakon Si Thammarat province in Thailand

On Thursday, Thailand reported at least five deaths after flash floods caused by monsoon rains hit seven regions in the country’s southern part.

Authorities reported the deaths all took place in Nakhon Si Thammarat province. Television footage showed the hospital staff piling up sandbags outside an emergency room to fend off water gushing in from the street.

Other images showed people wading or pushing motorcycles through thigh-deep water while some residents, including a Buddhist monk, rowed boats through commercial areas where children played.

According to the interior ministry, the floods started a week ago but had receded by Thursday, having affected more than 255,000 households in seven of the southern provinces.

The impacted region is home to Thailand’s major rubber plantations, accounting for most of the world’s natural rubber supply.

On Thursday, the Rubber Authority of Thailand said it will pay affected rubber farmers 3,000 baht ($99.34) if the flood-damaged more than 20 rubber trees in their plantations.

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