Five-year-old girl one of the latest victims of floods in Thailand
More than one million affected and 25 dead during heaviest January rains in decades
BANGKOK, Thailand — A five-year-old girl is one of the latest victims of flooding in south Thailand following torrential rain that’s damaged homes and schools, affecting more than a million people and killing 25.
According to AFP, late Monday during a flash flood the five-year-old girl climbed to the roof of a van with her family, fell into the water with her mother and was swept away.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department in Bangkok describes the floods as the worst in the region in nearly 50 years. “Every year it floods, but not like this,” Chamnan Ingkaew, a village leader in Chaiya district told AFP. “There are 100 houses in my village, but we all had to leave, and everything inside was lost... the water kept coming and coming, almost two metres high.”
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