Following last evening’s heavy rains across parts of Phuket, officials are issuing flood warnings for parts of Phuket and several other southern provinces between December 8 and 11. Thai PBS World reports that residents are being asked to prepare for the possibility of heavy rain and flooding.
The National Water Command Centre has issued a flood risk and river overflow warning for the following locations from Thursday to Sunday…
• The Thalang and Mueang districts of Phuket
• The Lamae district of Chumphon
• The districts of Kanchanadit, Tha Chana, Chaiya, Tha Chang, Phunpin, Don Sak and Mueang in Surat Thani
• The districts of Mueang, Khanom, Sichon, Tha Sala, Phrom Khiri, Pak Phanang, Nopphitam and Phra Phrom in Nakhon Si Thammarat
• The districts of Khao Chaison, Khuan Khanun, Bang Kaeo, Pak Phayun, Pa Bon and Kong Ra in Phatthalung
• Krasae Sin, Ranot, Thepa, Rattaphum, Kuan Niang, Hat Yai, Sathing Phra and Chana districts in Songkhla
• The Kantang district of Trang
• The Mueang district of Satun
• Mai Kaen, Nong Chik, Kok Pho, Sai Buri, Kapho, Ya Ring, Thung Yang Daeng and Mayo districts of Pattani
• The Raman and Yaha districts of Yala Province
• The Mueang, Tak Bai, Cho Airong, Bacho, Yi Ngo, Waeng, Su-ngai Kolok, Sukhirin and Rueso districts of Narathiwat
The National Water Command Centre has instructed the relevant agencies in each of the 11 provinces to monitor conditions and water levels on an ongoing basis, particularly in areas prone to flooding and places where accumulated rainfall exceeds 90mm in 24 hours.
Agencies have also been instructed to change water management in large, medium, and small reservoirs according to high or low tides, and to release water from reservoirs to free up space for inflows. In addition, agencies have been told to keep residents aware, to issue advisories as needed, and to have people and equipment on standby in the event of an emergency.
Traipsing through floods in Phuket around 5.35pm on Monday. PHOTO: Newshawk Phuket
SOURCE: Thai PBS World