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Death toll in Thailand flooding rises to 51

By Kocha Olarn, CNN
  • More than 2 million have been affected, officials say
  • The prime minister's office will ask for $146 million for rehabilitation efforts

Bangkok, Thailand (CNN) -- The death toll from the flash floods that swept through southern Thailand has risen to 51, the public health ministry said Monday.

The flooding has affected more than 2 million people in 10 provinces, the country's disaster prevention agency said.

While the exact economic loss from the floods had not been determined, the prime minister's office said it would ask for $146 million for rehabilitation efforts in the affected areas.

The floods, which struck a week ago, came during an unseasonably wet March. The month is usually one of the hottest of the year.