Food delivery man wades through floods in Thailand

A food deliveryman waded through waist-deep floods to delivery a meal to stranded residents after heavy rain in southern Thailand.

The dedicated employee parked his motorcycle on a dry are more than 200 metres away then paddled through the muddy deluge to find the correct address and ensure the customer received their order in Yala, southern Thailand, on January 9.

It came after heavy rain from the northeast monsoon caused severe flooding in southern Thailand and in Malaysia. The provinces of Songkhla, Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani suffered floods in Thailand.

Thailand’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said that residents in at least 40,000 homes have been moved to safety. They said that at least 100,000 people have been affected in the region.

Flooded communities have been given water pumps survival kits, while local officials are gauging the damage to public infrastructure and people’s houses.

Chaiyasit Panichpong, governor of Yala, had held a meeting on managing water levels in the area. They had opened the floodgates of the Banglang dam. 

Twenty-four roads were affected, including five bridges and 50 large farms. Also, more than 1,500 animals were affected. 

Reports claim that Yala province has suffered its highest amount of rain in 33 years. 

The storms affecting southern provinces along the border with Malaysia are the result of the northeast monsoon, which hits Southeast Asia annually. 

Thailand’s Meteorology Department warned of flash floods from January 4 – 8. The organisation said: ‘The strong northeast monsoon prevailing Thailand and the Gulf accompanied by the low cell over the lower South China Sea will move to cover Malaysia. Isolated heavy rain to very heavy rain is likely in the Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat. People in these areas should beware of heavy rain and accumulated rain that may cause flash floods.’