Boy, 5, drowns in flash flood in southern Thailand

A five-year-old boy drowned in a flash flood in southern Thailand.

Pitchayakorn Inthara reportedly left home to play with his friends in a canal in Nakhon Si Thammarat province when he was swept away by the strong currents on November 10.

After conducting search and rescue operations, police found his body floating under a bridge only 200 metres away from his house.

Police Captain Sukree Phrommas said: ‘Rescue volunteers found the boy’s naked body under the bridge next to the school in the afternoon. Locals have been advised to stay away from the canal as it may be life-threatening.’

The child’s body has been sent to a hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Runoff from the nearby Khao Luang mountain raised the water level in several canals in Nakhon Si Thammarat, causing floods in low-lying areas after two days of heavy rain.

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and The Philippines are at the peak of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until late November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.

Many of the under-developed nations struggle to cope with the heavy rain due to under-investment infrastructure.