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25 dead, 1 million affected by floods in southern Thailand

  • FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, riders use a road flooded by an overflowing lake on Ko Samui, Thailand. Authorities say at least 25 people have died in severe flooding in southern Thailand since New Year’s, leaving businesses paralyzed and thousands of tourists stranded. The Interior Ministry said in a report Tuesday that the main highway connecting the south with the rest of the country was swamped. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2017, file photo, riders use a road flooded by an overflowing lake on Ko Samui, Thailand. Authorities say at least 25 people have died in severe flooding in southern Thailand since New Year’s, leaving businesses paralyzed and thousands of tourists stranded. The Interior Ministry said in a report Tuesday that the main highway connecting the south with the rest of the country was swamped. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, tourists wear flotation devices while scooter riders pause before crossing a flooded roadway on Ko Samui, Thailand. Authorities say at least 25 people have died in severe flooding in southern Thailand since New Year’s, leaving businesses paralyzed and thousands of tourists stranded. The Interior Ministry said in a report Tuesday that the main highway connecting the south with the rest of the country was swamped. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017 file photo, tourists wear flotation devices while scooter riders pause before crossing a flooded roadway on Ko Samui, Thailand. Authorities say at least 25 people have died in severe flooding in southern Thailand since New Year’s, leaving businesses paralyzed and thousands of tourists stranded. The Interior Ministry said in a report Tuesday that the main highway connecting the south with the rest of the country was swamped. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say at least 25 people have died in severe flooding in southern Thailand since New Year's Day, leaving businesses paralyzed and thousands of tourists stranded.

The Interior Ministry said in a report Tuesday that the main highway connecting the south with the rest of the country was swamped.

It said 12 provinces have been hit by unseasonal rains and surface runoff since Jan. 1, affecting more than 1 million people.

One of the main airports and schools in the south remained shut.

The Meteorological Department forecasts more heavy rain in the region, which has popular beaches and resorts that attract millions of foreign tourists every year.