Thai floods toll jumps to 32

2010-10-23 15:23

The death toll from flooding in Thailand climbed to 32 today as more areas of the kingdom were hit by the rising waters.

Victims were swept to their deaths or killed in accidents as vehicles were carried away by the churning waters, according to the latest report from the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand.

The floods, which began on October 10, have devastated huge swathes of the country, flooding thousands of homes and leaving authorities struggling to reach people stranded in remote areas.

More than 1.4 million people, or more than 500 000 households, have seen their homes or farmlands submerged, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said.

The two worst-hit eastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima and Bruiram have each reported six deaths, while five people were killed in Lop Buri and three in Khon Kean.

A further 12 people have died in eight more provinces across central, northeastern and eastern areas.

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