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More floods expected in Thailand’s south

Monday, 23 January 2017

BANGKOK: More flooding is expected for the south, with experts warning that a monsoon trough is still in the region and will cause rain till next month.

The National Disaster Warning Centre warned yesterday that the South would be hit by heavy rain on Wednesday due to a high-pressure system from the Northeast and a low-pressure in the Andaman Sea.

Some places may be hit with rainfall of more than 100mm.

The director of the centre, Chayasarn Tonanon, said heavy rain in the South was normal at this time of the year, even though the rainfall was very high.

“We would like to warn the people in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat to be aware of the possibility of flash floods and landslides and they should move their belongings to high ground and keep monitoring the news from the authorities.”

Interior Ministry deputy permanent secretary Chayaphon Thitisak revealed that there were two provinces, Surat Thani and Phatthalung, still suffering severe flooding.

Chayaphon said 4 provinces, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla and Chumphon were on a flood watch list.

However, the flood situation in Ranong, Narathiwat, Pattani, Krabi, and Trang had eased.

Disaster Prevention and Mitiga­tion Department director Chatchai Promlert said that 212 homes were destroyed in the disaster, with 393 homes severely damaged, and 4,852 others damaged.

Chatchai said homeowners whose properties were destroyed were eligible for 33,000 bahts (RM4,145) in compensation.

Source by: Internet

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