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Phuket rain warning extended to Saturday, risk of more floods, landslides

Phuket flooding

The Thai Meteorological Department has reissued a warning of heavy rain for Phuket for the rest of Wednesday day, with the risk of more flash floods and landslides for at least another 3 days. The warning, which had been in place until Friday, has been extended to at least Saturday.

The TMD says that southwesterly monsoon winds across the Andaman Sea and the south of the country will become stronger. Continuous rainfall, with isolated torrential showers, can be expected across the whole southern region. Strong winds will create waves up to 2 or 3 metres high in the Andaman Sea, over 3 metres high during thundershowers.

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In the Gulf of Thailand, waves are expected to reach between 1 and 2 metres in height, and over 2 metres offshore. Residents are being warned of severe weather conditions that could lead to more flash flooding and overflows. On the south-west coast, there is a warning of inshore surges.

All ships are advised to proceed with caution and smaller boats on the Andaman coast are advised to stay ashore between now and October 22.

In Phuket, the Royal Thai Navy has been drafted in to help flood victims, while several organisations are arranging handouts of food, water, and items such as towels, bedding, and clothing. Many residents are unable to return to their flooded homes, while major roads remain underwater.

SOURCE: TMD

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