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Thai authorities are preparing for the arrival of powerful typhoon Noru, heavy rains are expected, and flooding is possible, be careful

The Maritime Department of Thailand has issued a separate meteorological warning in connection with Typhoon Noru passing through Thailand and simultaneously difficult weather conditions in the Andaman Sea due to the southwest monsoon. The Meteorological Department had previously warned of the approaching typhoon. Stormy weather will persist from September 28 to October 1.

According to the Thai Meteorological Department’s forecast released Tuesday, September 27, Nora is expected to cover Vietnam on Wednesday, then weaken to a tropical storm and move across Laos before reaching northeastern Thailand in Ubonratchthani and Amnatcharen provinces on Thursday evening.

It will then descend into a tropical depression that will cover the northeast, north and central plains region. Ubonratchani, Sisaket, Surin and Buriram are advised to be prepared for the heavy rains the storm will bring.

The department noted that in the Philippines the arrival of typhoon Noru has already caused flooding and power outages, and led to the evacuation of several thousand people. At the same time in the process of helping people died four rescuers.

Thai authorities are on high alert for the arrival of Typhoon Noru, which is expected to be downgraded to a tropical storm before reaching northeastern Thailand on Thursday, September 29, but could still bring flooding and destruction, thereby exacerbating disasters in already flooded areas in its path.

According to the National Water Command, which monitors the Mekong River, water levels in the international border river are expected to rise from Wednesday until Oct. 2 as a result of heavy rains caused by the storm. The centre warned residents along the river’s banks in Nakhon Phanom,

Mukdahan, Amnatcharen and Ubonratchthani to prepare for the effects of rising water levels.

Prapit Chanma, director general of Thailand’s Royal Irrigation Department, said he had instructed authorities in charge of irrigation projects in risk areas in the Chi and Mun river basins, as well as in the Chao Phraya river basin in the central plains region, to ensure proper regulation and release of water in reservoirs to prepare for the expected surge from the storm, in an effort to mitigate impacts on areas downstream.

He said water pumps and culverts will be placed along the Chi and Mun rivers to ensure that water is released into the Mekong as soon as possible. He said that as of Monday, large and medium-sized dams across the country were holding 54.4 billion cubic meters of water or about 72 per cent of their combined capacity. That means they could hold another 21.6 billion cubic meters.

Specifically, the volume of water in the Bhumibol dam in Taka was 51% and the Sirikit dam in Uttaradit was 48%, Changma added. Heavy rains in the lower northeastern provinces such as Nakhonratchasima, Buriram, Surin and Sisaket led to additional water in 76 large and medium-sized reservoirs in the region on Monday. However, he assured the structural integrity of the reservoirs and said the discharges were proportional to the rate of inflow.

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Thai Defence Ministry spokesman General Kongchip Tantravanich said troops in the 25 provinces already affected by the floods are working with local authorities to help flood victims and fill sandbags to build embankments around commercial areas and settlements. Soldiers are also supporting evacuation operations and distributing relief supplies.

Acting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha as defence minister has directed military units to deploy personnel and equipment to support flood relief efforts across the country, he said.

Aequarunju Amarapala, a spokesman for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, said the mayor’s office has set up a monitoring centre to alert and coordinate efforts to deal with emergencies. The release of water from the Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lopburi is expected to affect the Min Buri, Nong Chok and Lat Krabang areas in eastern Bangkok. Residents of low-lying areas and along canals should take precautions.

Operators of vessels smaller than 12 meters are urged not to leave ports, operators of larger vessels may navigate at sea, but must do so with increased caution. All vessels must be thoroughly checked for technical conditions and readiness of rescue equipment before setting out to sea. Passengers must wear life jackets at all times while on board.

Residents of all provinces of Thailand are advised to follow the weather forecasts and warnings of meteorologists and representatives of other agencies.

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