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As of today, heavy rains are forecast for 22 provinces in Thailand

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As of today, heavy rains are forecast for 22 provinces in Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon, in his capacity as chairman of the National Committee on Water Resources, has ordered all relevant government agencies to prepare for major downpours in 22 provinces that could lead to flash floods and landslides from today.

General Prawit’s assistant spokesman Patchasak Patirupanont said the deputy prime minister had ordered the National Water Resources Bureau, the Interior Ministry and the Royal Irrigation Department to provide assistance to those who may be affected by the severe attack. rainfall caused by the strong southwest monsoon winds that prevail over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

Military units in 22 provinces expected to be hit by torrential rain have also been warned, Major General Patchasak, in turn, said, adding that severe weather warnings are currently in effect in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai. Rai, Phayao, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Nakhon Nayok, Rayong, Kanchanaburi and some parts of Bangkok.

According to the Meteorological Department’s announcement yesterday, heavy rainfall is expected in the north, upper northeast and east today, posing an increased risk of flash flooding and high waves in open water.

Off the coast of Phangnga, high winds are expected to blow waves up to 2-3 meters high in the Andaman Sea. With waves exceeding 3 meters during thunderstorms, all ships have been ordered to proceed with caution, while smaller boats have been ordered to stay ashore.

Major General Patchasak further said military units in the area have been ordered by General Prawit to provide immediate assistance to people in the area who may have been affected by the flash floods and mudslides.

The Department of Civil Protection and Disaster Prevention, the DDPM yesterday reported flash floods and landslides in Mae Hong Son, Loei, Kalasin, Yasothon, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Trat and Pattani.

77 households were affected by the rising water, but fortunately, no injuries or fatalities were reported.

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