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New floods raise Thailand's toll to 140

BANGKOK, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- New floods in southern Thailand have raised the national death toll to 140, the government said Friday.

The toll was 110 in the northern, northeastern and central regions and 1.69 million people were affected, Xinhua reported.

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In the south, 30 people died from flooding this week. Eleven southern provinces have suffered flooding from three days of torrential rains.

The tourist center of Hat Yai is littered with garbage and debris, Mayor Prai Pattana said. The tourism ministry said more than 100 foreign visitors were stranded in their hotels.

Up to 10 feet of water wrecked business and tourist areas of the city, including the Kim Yong market, hotels, restaurants and shops, said Kwispong Sirithananontsakul of the Songkhla Chamber of Commerce.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva called a Cabinet meeting Thursday to discuss the situation. Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said the government would help flood victims rebuild their homes and businesses.

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