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Kanok Karn
3rd November 2010, 10:50
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A tropical depression that dumped two days of incessant rain on southern Thailand and northern Malaysia has disrupted rail services in both countries and forced thousands of residents to flee.

The flooding in parts of southern Thailand follows two weeks of flooding in the north last month that killed 104 people.

Mayor Prai Pattano, of the hardest-hit Hat Yai district of Songkhla province, said yesterday that at least 100,000 people were affected there and the water was 1.5m high.

The State Railway of Thailand suspended services on eight routes yesterday due to flooded tracks in the Songkhla area.

In northern Malaysia, officials said floods caused by heavy monsoon rains have forced more than 10,000 people to evacuate their homes and several schools to close.

An official at the flood monitoring centre in Kedah state said more than 7,800 people were staying in shelters yesterday.

She said several rivers in the state have swollen to dangerous levels fed by seasonal rains.

Another official with the National Flood Monitoring Centre said more than 2,200 people in another northern state, Perlis, were evacuated.

Among the Keretapi Tanah Melayu's (KTM) services disrupted were trains between Butterworth and Bangkok which were cancelled on Monday, according to news reports.

The Star newspaper reported that 11 schools were closed in Perlis yesterday.