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.
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.