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Samui, Pha Ngan hit by bad weather

BANGKOK Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected the southern holiday islands as the country heads into the December-January high season for tourism, authorities said yesterday.

A low pressure system has brought heavy rain to parts of the south, including the islands of Samui and Pha Ngan in the Gulf of Thailand, and floods have also severed the rail link to the south and Malaysia.

"There has been heavier rain than usual, which has caused drainage problems," Mr Nongyao Jirundom of the state Tourism Authority of Thailand on Samui island, said. "Swimming is out of the question."

The National Disaster Warning Centre said 14 Thais had been killed in accidents caused by the stormy weather in different parts of the south. - REUTERS

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