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Phuket among 32 provinces on flood alert

Phuket among 32 provinces on flood alert

PHUKET: Thirty-two provinces across the country are on full alert for heavy rain, possible flash floods, forest runoff and landslides in risk areas from Sunday (Oct 4) to Tuesday (Oct 6).

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By Bangkok Post

Saturday 3 October 2015, 11:24AM


Motorists and people wade through floodwater on Lat Phrao-Ratchada Road in Bangkok on Friday (Oct 2). Rain continued to lash the capital on Saturday. Photo: Bangkok Post / Patipat Janthong

Motorists and people wade through floodwater on Lat Phrao-Ratchada Road in Bangkok on Friday (Oct 2). Rain continued to lash the capital on Saturday. Photo: Bangkok Post / Patipat Janthong

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department director-general Chatchai Promlert said on Saturday (Oct 3) that the department has coordinated with 32 provinces in the North, Northeast, the East and the South to put in place measures to deal with heavy downpours triggered by tropical storm Mujigae.

Mr Chatchai said he has asked provincial disaster prevention and mitigation offices in those provinces to closely monitor the weather around the clock during this period. Rapid deployment teams and necessary equipment are on standby to help affected residents as heavy downpours may possibly cause flooding, runoff and landslides, particularly in risk areas, he added

Phuket, Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi and Trang are among the 32 provinces listed as at risk.

Thirteen are in the North: Phitsanulok, Tak, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Phetchabun, Lampang, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan and Phrae.

Another 10 are in the Northeast: Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Sakhon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mudahan, Bung Kan, Nong Khai and Udon Thani.

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Four are in the East: Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department said on Saturday tropical storm Mujigae, which was over the South China Sea, was moving west-northwest at 18kmh.

It was forecast to move across Hainan Island and make landfall in upper Vietnam on either Sunday or Monday.

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Thailand will be affected by the storm from Sunday to Tuesday, said the department.

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edward partridge | 04 October 2015 - 15:07:48

one big positive..flooding is inclined to wash away a lot of rubbish and debris,   albeit into the pristine waters of phuket  

 

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