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Taiwan cautions against visiting flooded Thai provinces

Taiwan cautions against visiting flooded Thai provinces

Taipei, Dec. 30 (CNA) Taiwan issued a travel notice on Tuesday urging its nationals in Thailand to avoid visiting southern parts of the country that have been hit by floods and mudslides, taking at least 14 lives. Torrential rains have hit the southern Thai provinces of Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Satun, Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala and Songkhla since Dec. 14, causing severe flooding and mudslides, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
At least 14 people have died and eight have been injured, and nearly 200,000 families have been affected, according to Taiwan's ministry. The Thai government has announced the eight provinces as disaster areas.
Taiwan also advised its nationals planning to travel to Thailand to stay on high alert given the possibility of more protests against the interim Thai government, which is still maintaining martial law in the country. The ministry maintains a yellow travel alert for most parts of Thailand, meaning that travelers should pay special attention to their personal safety during trips there. The travel alert for Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala and Songkhla provinces remain orange, which means that travelers should stay alert and avoid unnecessary trips to the areas. In the Foreign Ministry's travel advisory system, red represents the highest warning level, followed by orange, yellow, and grey. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2020-12-05 22:58 GMT+08:00