Floods and drought alerts

May 9, 2012 by  
Filed under News, Thailand

BANGKOK, 9 May 2012: Thai Metrological Department continues to warn residents in northern Thailand of heavy rain and possible flash floods.

The department said a strong southwest monsoon was causing scattered to fairly widespread rain with isolated heavy rainfall in northern provinces.

Residents in  risk areas should be aware of the danger of flash floods if they live near rivers or canals.

The risk areas include Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Phayao and Uttaradit in the North as well as Ranong and Phang Nga provinces in the South.

Flash floods occurred in Chiang Mai and Lampang provinces earlier in the week.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Interior’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported drought conditions in 51 provinces nationwide since 2 February to 8 May.

Just six months back, the country’s central plains suffered the worst flooding in 50 years. Now resort area such as Hua Hin and Pranburi are suffering a drought and residents are warned to conserve water as much as possible. Hua Hin is home to at least six golf courses and many of the coastal areas near the town have been developed for housing and holiday apartments putting even more pressure on the reservoirs in the region.

The drought has impacted on 508 districts, 3,466 sub districts, and 12,409,544 residents from 3,362,123 household including 729,876 rais in agricultural land.

Rainstorms are blowing in from the southwest causing some roads to flood on the outskirts of Don Mueang Airport and Rangsit, northern Bangkok areas that are just recovering from last years heavy flooding.

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