11 July 2024

Tropical storm Noru, which is located in the Philippine Sea today (Saturday), is expected to hit Vietnam, the Lao PRD and Thailand on Tuesday and Wednesday and bring heavy to very heavy rainfall to northern and north-eastern regions of Thailand, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.

Moreover, it said that the monsoon trough over the southern part of the northern region, the central plains and southern part of the north-eastern region is forecast to intensify during the same period and this will bring a lot of rain to all parts of Thailand, except the south.

Bangkok saw rain throughout last night, with heavy rainfall being reported in the Min Buri, Lat Krabang, Bueng Kum, Sai Mai, Kanna Yao and Saphan Sung areas, resulting in flooding.

The Meteorological Department has advised people in Bangkok to brace for a high tide and heavy rain today, which may hinder efforts to drain water into the Chao Phraya River via a network of canals.

Widespread flooding was reported in several north-eastern, northern and central provinces today.

The National Water Command Centre has forecast that the level of Mun River will remain high until end of this month and river overflows are expected in many areas. In the Warin Chamrap district of Ubon Ratchathani, defence volunteers in boats on the Mun River were advising river-side residents to notify officials 12 hours in advance if they want to be evacuated to temporary shelter.

In the Phimai district of Nakhon Ratchasima, municipal officials and volunteers used sandbags to plug the drainage system, to prevent water from seeping into the Phimai Historical Park and the commercial area of the district.