11 July 2024

Thailand’s National Water Command Centre is advising people living in 11 southern provinces to brace for possible heavy rain and flooding from Thursday through Sunday.

Areas vulnerable to river overflows and flooding are:

  • Lamae district of Chumphon
  • Thalang and Mueang districts of Phuket
  • Kanchanadit, Tha Chana, Chaiya, Tha Chang, Phunpin, Don Sak and Mueang districts of Surat Thani
  • Mueang, Khanom, Sichon, Tha Sala , Phrom Khiri, Pak Phanang, Nopphitam and Phra Phrom districts of Nakhon Si Thammarat
  • Khao Chaison, Khuan Khanun, Bang Kaeo, Pak Phayun, Pa Bon and Kong Ra districts of Phatthalung
  • Krasae Sin, Ranot, Thepa, Rattaphum, Kuan Niang, Hat Yai, Sathing Phra and Chana districts of Songkhla
  • Kantang district of Trang
  • Mueang district of Satun
  • Mai Kaen, Nong Chik, Kok Pho, Sai Buri, Kapho, Ya Ring, Thung Yang Daeng and Mayo districts of Pattani
  • Raman and Yaha districts of Yala Province
  • Mueang, Tak Bai, Cho Airong, Bacho, Yi Ngo, Waeng, Su-ngai Kolok, Sukhirin and Rueso districts of Narathiwat

Agencies in the 11 provinces have been instructed, by the National Water Command Centre, to monitor weather conditions and the water situation on continuous basis, especially in areas where accumulated rainfall exceeds 90mm in 24 hours and areas which flood repeatedly.

They were also told to adjust water management in large, medium and small reservoirs, in rivers and at sluice gates, in tandem with high and low tides, and to discharge water from reservoirs to leave more space for inflows.

Moreover, they have been told to keep people informed of the water situation, to issue advisories in cases of possible flooding and to put men and equipment on standby to deal with any emergencies.