Flooding in Thailand kills 21, strands thousands

BANGKOK - Severe flooding and mudslides

in southern Thailand have killed 21 people, stranded thousands
of tourists and threatened to delay shipments of rubber in the
world's largest rubber-producing country, authorities said on

Trains to the region have been canceled and three airports

have been shut, including one on the resort island of Koh Samui
which is popular among Thai and foreign tourists. Nakhon Si
Thammarat and Surat Thani airports have also been closed.

Thailand's navy sent four vessels including an amphibious

landing craft with on-board helicopters to the rubber-rich
region to deliver supplies and rescue tourists and villagers in
areas severely hit.
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