According to a report of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) released on Saturday, the 13 villagers drowned due to flash floods and torrential waters, following heavy downpours in Nakhon Si Thammarat over the last few days.
Six southern Thai provinces have been severely flooded by continual, heavy rainstorms since late last month, according to the DDPM report.
A total of 321,057 households in 2,680 villages in 66 districts of the six provinces have been considerably affected while authorities are providing emergency relief measures.
The affected southern provinces included Surat Thani, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung, Songkhla and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
In another development, Thailand's Royal Gazettehas released an announcement stating that 30,000 prison inmates will be freed after being granted a Royal pardon to mark the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej's birthday anniversary on Saturday (Dec 5).
Another 200,000 convicts will have their jail terms reduced by the Royal pardon, including certain political convicts, said the statement from the Royal Gazette.
Former commerce minister Boonsong Teriyaphirom will be granted early release from his 48-year jail term for corruption in the Yingluck-led government's rice-pledging scheme. - Xinhua
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