The Department Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Friday (July 28) warned people in 36 provinces across the country to brace for flooding and mud slides as a result of heavy rain which will continue until Sunday.
The 36 provinces vulnerable to flash flood, overflowing rivers or mud slide are as follows:
- Seven provinces in the North: Mae Hong Son, Uttradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kamphaeng Phet, Phichit and Phetchabun.
- Eighteen northeastern provinces: Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bung Karn, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnart Charoen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani.
- Five central provinces: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Lop Buri and Saraburi.
- Three eastern provinces: Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat
- Three southern provinces: Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Ranong.
The department reported that during July 5-27, over 1,400 villages in 37 provinces were flooded but the situation has eased in 21 provinces.
Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department issued a weather forecast at 5 pm on Friday, saying that there will be less rain in most parts of the northern, northeastern and eastern regions but with very heavy rain in some areas of the upper Northeast as a resulting of the weakening of low pressure cell from Sonca depression.
However, the Weatherman warned that areas already inundated should brace for possible flash flood in the next 1-2 days.
Areas that should brace for possible flash flood are:
Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Nan, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun in the North, Chaiyaphum, Nong Bua Lamphu, Nong Khai, Bung Karn, Udon Thani, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom and Kalasin in the Northeast.
The department warned small vessels not to venture out to the sea in northern Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea due to strong wind and high waves of 2-3 metres today and Saturday because of the strong southwestern monsoon which is looming over the Andaman Sea and the southern region.