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Flooding disrupts transit, spoils holidays in south Thailand

  • Tourists wear flotation devices and moped riders pause before crossing a flooded roadway on Ko Samui, Thailand Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Heavy rains battering parts of Thailand are causing localized flooding on the resort island during a peak tourist season. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

    Tourists wear flotation devices and moped riders pause before crossing a flooded roadway on Ko Samui, Thailand Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Heavy rains battering parts of Thailand are causing localized flooding on the resort island during a peak tourist season. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman looks at an overflowing lake on Ko Samui, Thailand Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Heavy rains battering parts of Thailand are causing localized flooding on the resort island during a peak tourist season. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

    A woman looks at an overflowing lake on Ko Samui, Thailand Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Heavy rains battering parts of Thailand are causing localized flooding on the resort island during a peak tourist season. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man drives a motorbike vending cart on a road flooded by an overflowing lake on Ko Samui, Thailand Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Heavy rains battering parts of Thailand are causing localized flooding on the resort island during a peak tourist season. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)

    A man drives a motorbike vending cart on a road flooded by an overflowing lake on Ko Samui, Thailand Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. Heavy rains battering parts of Thailand are causing localized flooding on the resort island during a peak tourist season. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck)  (The Associated Press)

Flooding in southern Thailand has killed at least five people, disrupted transportation and spoiled tourists' holidays at one of the country's most popular resort islands.

An Interior Ministry report said eight southern provinces have been flooded by heavy rains that began Sunday. It said three people had died, and the state broadcaster MCOT reported that two more, a mother and child, were found dead Thursday morning in a submerged vehicle.

Rail service was cut at several points, as were some roads, leading to the suspension of six long-distance bus routes from Bangkok.

Flooding on the resort island of Samui in the Gulf of Thailand snarled traffic and delayed flights to and from the popular tourist destination.