Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected southern holiday islands heading into tourism season. https://t.co/FZreCzhv4j pic.twitter.com/kNO2YLYlCY— Reuters World (@ReutersWorld) December 6, 2016
Heavy flooding in Thailand kills 14, inundates tourist isles
Dec 6, 2016
Floods in Thailand have killed 14 people and badly affected southern holiday islands as the country heads into the December-January high season for tourism, authorities said on Tuesday.
Tourism has been a rare bright spot for an economy that has struggled to gain traction since the army seized power in a bloodless coup in 2014 to end months of political unrest.
The death on Oct. 13 of long-reigning King Bhumibol Adulyadej plunged the country into grief and also raised questions about tourist arrivals though authorities say the country is open for business despite a year of mourning.
"There has been heavier rain than usual which has caused drainage problems," Nongyao Jirundom of the state Tourism Authority of Thailand on Samui island told Reuters.
"Swimming is out of the question."
December marks the beginning of the dry season when tourists descend on palm fringed beaches to celebrate the Christmas and New Year holidays.
Despite the mourning period for the late king, authorities are bullish about the outlook for tourism, which accounts for 10 percent of gross domestic product.
The tourism ministry expects a record 32.4 million arrivals this year.
(Reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Panarat Thepgumpanat; Editing by Robert Birsel)
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