THAILAND, 20th August 2018 (NNT) – The local weather bureau has issued a warning of more rain in all regions of the kingdom, urging the public to beware of runoff and flash floods.

According to the latest report from the Meteorological Department, heavy precipitation can be expected in the North, the East, the western part of the central plains and the upper portion of the South. Warnings for runoff and flash floods were issued for the affected regions.

Waves in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand will be 2 to 3 meters high. All ships should proceed with caution and small vessels should remain in port until August 24th.

Meanwhile, the ad-hoc center monitoring the ongoing flood crisis has echoed the Meteorological Department’s report, saying that Bebinca storm and the southwestern monsoon are still exerting an influence in at least 18 provinces of the Kingdom, namely Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chanthaburi, Trat, Chumphon, Ranong, Phang Nga and Phuket.

The water level at Kaeng Krachan Dam has gone 124 centimeters over the Spillway. Residents living near Nam Oon and Songkhram rivers are urged to follow the news on the water level of Nam Oon Dam, as it nears its full capacity. Officials overseeing Vajiralongkorn and Khun Dan Prakan Chon dams will increase the volume of water released from the reservoirs.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has reported that 38 provinces have suffered damage from the recent tropical storms and southwestern monsoons. It indicated 29 of those provinces are still facing inundation. The department went into further detail, saying the damage in Nan, Phayao, Chiang Rai and Lampang were particularly caused by Bebinca. Son Tinh storm, which dissipated on July 24th, had battered Nakhon Phanom, Ubon Ratchathani, Bueng Kan, Kalasin and Phetchaburi.

Responsible units are now working around the clock to drain floodwaters and provide survival kits to residents in all affected areas.

Source : NNT


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