This photo taken on Jan. 2, 2017 shows people navigating floodwaters by boat after heavy rains in Sungai Kolok district in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat. / AFP / MADAREE TOHLALA
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Heavy rains continued to hammer Thailand's flood-ravaged south Saturday, bringing the death toll up to 12 and leaving thousands of villages partially submerged, authorities said.At least 12 people have died, according to the ministry and local officials, with the rain turning roads into rivers, inundating farmland and damaging more than 1,500 schools in the region.The monsoon rains are unusually heavy for this time of year in Thailand, which normally sees a three-month stretch of relatively dry and cool weather starting in November.By Saturday, the number of evacuees in Kelantan and Terengganu had dropped to about 13,500, from almost 23,000 Wednesday, as weather conditions improved and authorities forecast less rainfall over the weekend.
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