The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) today, October 7th, has issued a warning of a tropical depression over the middle South China Sea, resulting in isolated heavy to very heavy rain in the South of Thailand until next week.
According to the announcement, the tropical depression would move towards the middle South China Sea with the maximum sustained winds of about 55 km./hr. It is expected to become a tropical storm and make landfall over upper Vietnam during October 10th – 11th.
Moreover, a strong southwest monsoon is forecast to prevail across the Andaman Sea, the South, and the Gulf of Thailand, causing isolated heavy to very heavy rain in the South. A strong wind will also be possible in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand during the period.
The waves in the Andaman Sea are about 2-3 meters high and in thundershowers above 3 meters high in the Gulf of Thailand. All ships should proceed with caution and keep away from thundershowers, and small boats should keep ashore.
Regarding the flooding situation, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reported this morning that a total of 16 provinces are currently suffering from flash floods caused by tropical storm ‘Dianmu’ since late September, damaging 299,704 households with 9 reported deaths.
The provinces include Sukothai, Phitsanulok, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphanburi, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, and Pathum Thani.
In general, the situation in many areas has begun to resolve but the water level is still concentrated in lowland areas, according to the DDPM. The DDPM and provincial authorities are currently accelerating the drainage process while local administrative organizations and related agencies are providing assistance to the victims and inspecting the flooding areas to assess the damage.
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