Thailand south declared disaster area as flash floods kill 15 Dec 08, 2017 0 66 12345 DPABangkok Most of southern Thailand has been declared a disaster area after flash floods in the region killed 15 people in the past two weeks, officials told dpa on Thursday.All of the victims drowned, according to Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.Flash floods caused by continuous heavy monsoon rains since late November have affected more than 1.5 million people across nine southern provinces, with some areas reporting floodwater as high as two metres, the department said.Among the nine provinces is Suratthani, close to the islands Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, which are popular among tourists. But flooding has not affected the islands, officials said.Water overflow on the runway at Nakhon Si Thammarat International Airport also forced it to close until Friday. Travellers were advised to use Had Yai Airport instead, which is located 200 kilometres away, airport authorities said.Thailand's Meteorological Department forecast downpours to continue in the southern region until this weekend. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Philippines plans to sue Sanofi over dengue vaccine: Minister Dec 08, 2017 0 69 Malaysia PM puts party on war footing before polls Dec 08, 2017 0 67 Cambodia laughs off Washington threats over democracy Dec 08, 2017 0 60 Vietnamese Communists could face expulsion for online criticism dpa Hanoi Vietnamese Communist Party members will be expelled if they are caught"insulting" or"damaging the party's reputation" on~ social media, local media reported, citing an announcement from the party. In a .. Indonesia fights 'extraordinary' diphtheria outbreak that has killed at least 32 people REUTERS JAKARTA Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunisation drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world's ..