Thailand weather warning

People in tambon Lamphan of Muang district, Kalasin, take shelter on high ground after their houses were flooded. More heavy rain is forecast for 30 provinces from Aug 4-6. (Photo by Yongyuth Pupuangpet)

Widespread heavy rain is forecast for the next three days, from Friday to Sunday, with warnings of possible flooding, runoff and mudslides in 30 provinces of the North, the Northeast, the East and the western coast of the South.

The weather warning is bad news for people in many provinces still suffering from the flooding caused by storm Sonca last week.

Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, said on Thursday conditions could be severe in 10 provinces of the North – Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Phetchabun, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai and Uttaradit.

In the Northeast, the warning is for 12 provinces – Bung Kan, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Yasothon.

In the East, the warning is for 4 provinces –  Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Rayong and Trat.

On the western coast of the South, the warning is for 4 provinces – Krabi, Phangnga, Phuket and Ranong.

Mr Chatchai said there was still flooding in nine provinces from last week’s storm.

Eight were in the Northeast – Amnat Charoen, Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Ubon Ratchathani, and Yasothon. The other was Ayutthaya in the Central Plain.

Heavy rain and flooding since July 5 had claimed 23 lives – 9 in Sakon Nakhon, where there was flooding in all 18 districts, and 4 in Roi Et, where all 20 districts also had flooding.

In the past month, flooding had affected 1.22 million people in 8,183 villages of 44 provinces, Mr Chatchai said. – Bangkok Post

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