Heavy downpours due to a low pressure trough and the south-western monsoon in the past week have triggered more flash floods and inundated villages and farmland in north and northeast Thailand. As of midweek, 11 provinces in the north, northeast and central plain have been declared disaster zones after flooding damaged rice paddies, roads and schools. According to disaster officials, five people have been killed, 114,345 (34,182 families) have been affected, 332 houses damaged and four totally destroyed and about 100,000 rais (40,470 acres) of agricultural land flooded; 147 roads, 16 bridges, four schools and 10 government offices have been damaged. (IRIN)

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