The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) issued a warning on Thursday to 24 provinces of possible flash floods from September 17 – 21 due to heavy rains.
The warning came after the Meteorological Department forecast that Thailand is expected to receive more rainfall with isolated heavy showers until Sunday.
According to ONWR, the following areas are likely to be hit by flash floods and river overflows.
North: Chiang Mai, Phrae, Nan, Lampang, Kamphaengphet, Tak, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.
Northeast: Loei, Bueng Kan, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, Si Sa Ket and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Central region: Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.
West: Prachuap Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi.
East: Chanthaburi and Trat.
The ONWR also urged authorities to closely monitor the water levels of 13 dams and large reservoirs that would be affected by heavy rains and issue a warning to surrounding communities when the water rises to near critical levels. They are:
– Mae Ngat Somboon Chon, Chiang Mai
– Kiew Kho Ma, Kiew Lom and Mae Mok, Lampang
– Thab Salao, Uthai Thani
– Krasiao, Suphan Buri
– Ubol Ratana, Khon Kaen
– Lam Takhong, Lam Phra Phloeng, and Mun Bon, Nakhon Ratchasima
– Klong Si Yat, Chachoengsao
– Bang Phra, Chonburi
– Nong Pla Lai, Rayong.
People residing near rivers and their basins are advised to follow the latest updates on weather and water levels.
Local authorities are asked to plan evacuation for people who will be most affected and to issue warnings in advance.
Source: The Nation
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