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Thailand Issues Urgent Flash Flood and Strong Wind Alerts


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Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) has issued an urgent alert for 43 provinces to brace for potential flash floods, forest runoff, and strong winds. The warning is effective from today through the upcoming three days.


Chaiwat Junthirapong, Director-General of DPMD, announced that the Central Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Division is closely monitoring weather conditions. According to the Meteorological Department of Thailand (TMD), an increase in rainfall across the country is expected.


Some areas may experience heavy to very heavy rain, leading to flash floods and forest runoff. Strong winds in the Andaman Sea could see waves reaching 2 to 3 metres, with stormy areas experiencing waves over 3 metres.


The provinces under alert for flash floods and forest runoff include eleven in the north: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Tak, and Phitsanulok.


Fourteen provinces in the northeast are also warned: Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Kalasin, Mukdahan, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buriram, Surin, Sisaket, and Ubon Ratchathani.


Provinces in the central region, including Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat, are also on alert. In the south, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, and Trang are notified. Additionally, six southern provinces are prepped for strong winds: Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, and Satun.


The DPMD has coordinated with local authorities to deploy personnel to monitor the situation rigorously. They are tracking rainfall, with emergency machinery and response teams on standby.


Weather officials are also closely monitoring natural tourist attractions like caves and waterfalls. Provincial governors have the authority to issue warnings and close off these areas if necessary.


For coastal regions, authorities will advise against swimming during strong winds and may prohibit vessels from leaving shore. The Marine Department, Navy, and Marine Police are on alert to notify boat operators.


Residents are urged to stay informed via the THAI DISASTER ALERT application. Those in distress can seek help through the Line app ปภ.รับแจ้งเหตุ1784, by adding Line ID @1784DDPM, or by calling the safety hotline at 1784, available 24/7.


File photo courtesy: Wikipedia



-- 2024-06-24


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