Severe flooding in Thailand has left 181 people dead over the past month, the authorities told AFP news Tuesday.
The government estimates that 7.8 million people have been affected, mainly in the northeast and south, with homes submerged and farmland damaged in what Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has described as “a huge natural calamity.”
51 of Thailand’s 76 provinces have been hit but the waters have now subsided in many areas, officials said.
Thousands of soldiers were dispatched to the area to help people stranded in their homes in the city of more than 150,000 people, popular with tourists from Singapore and Malaysia.
Bangkok has been on standby but has so far avoided major flooding.
In Koh Samui, Thailand’s third largest island, the Chabad House run by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Goldshmid and wife Sara Hinda, was flooded yet again on Tuesday.
The building, which houses a shul and a kosher restaurant, was hit already last week in the floods and the Shluchim hope that this week’s flood will be the last so they can renew operations.
They couldn’t yet estimate the damage, as businesses and services have not been restored yet on the island.
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