This photo taken on January 4, 2017 shows Thai soldiers pushing a boat as they inspect the extent of flood damage in the Sungai Kolok district of Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat. AFP

Bangkok Jan 6 – Flash floods caused by heavy rain killed six people in southern Thailand and disrupted local transportation and tourism, the country’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said Friday.

Local media reported Nakorn Si Thammarat airport was shut and the five rail routes still operating in the region were only going as far as Chumporn province and not further south.

Popular tourist destination Koh Samui island was also affected by heavy rain and strong currents.

Swimming and diving were banned at most of Koh Samui’s beaches until further notice, the Tourism Authority of Thailand told dpa.

Police and army officers were dispatched to distribute relief packages to flood victims, authorities said. – dpa

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