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Severe flooding in southern Thailand kills 14

  • Residents drive through the flooded streets in the Nakon Si Thammarat province, southern Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Severe flooding due to heavy rain in the south over the past six days has killed more than a dozen people and affected 582,345 people in 11 of Thailand's 76 provinces the interior ministry said Tuesday. (AP Photo)

    Residents drive through the flooded streets in the Nakon Si Thammarat province, southern Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Severe flooding due to heavy rain in the south over the past six days has killed more than a dozen people and affected 582,345 people in 11 of Thailand's 76 provinces the interior ministry said Tuesday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Residents use a canoe to ferry goods through the flooded streets in Nakon Si Thammarat province, southern Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Severe flooding due to heavy rain in the south over the past six days has killed more than a dozen people and affected 582,345 people in 11 of Thailand's 76 provinces the interior ministry said Tuesday. (AP Photo)

    Residents use a canoe to ferry goods through the flooded streets in Nakon Si Thammarat province, southern Thailand, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. Severe flooding due to heavy rain in the south over the past six days has killed more than a dozen people and affected 582,345 people in 11 of Thailand's 76 provinces the interior ministry said Tuesday. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Thailand's interior ministry says 14 people have died from severe flooding in the country's south.

It said in a statement Tuesday that six days of floods have affected over half a million people. It said 14 people have died and is missing.

Southern Thailand is a popular destination for visitors due to its scenic islands and beaches, and the floods are expected to put a dent in the area's tourist industry, as winter is typically high season.

However, the waters are receding, with three of the 11 provinces now off the list of flooded provinces. A fourth province is expected to be cleared soon.

But meteorologists are still expecting more heavy rains in southern Thailand next week.