Tropical storms head for Thailand

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BANGKOK, 14 September 2018: Two storms will cover Vietnam and Thailand over the weekend and into next week according to Thailand’s Meteorological Department.

The department has warned small boats to stay in port and emphasised that tourist boat trips at all beach resorts should be suspended.

Visitors are warned not to swim at popular Andaman coast resorts such as Phuket Island, Khao Lak, Lanta Island and Krabi.

Travel agents should ensure their clients have correct and up-to-date weather information and receive alerts that clearly advise against boat trips.

Heavy rains are due Friday through the weekend due to the Tropical Storm Barijat, which will hit north and northeast provinces in Thailand and could cause more flooding.

Typhoon Mangkhut, is bearing down on the Philippines before crossing to Vietnam and Thailand. It is expected to cause heavy rain from Sunday through to Tuesday.

The two storms will exacerbate the prevailing southwest monsoon, which is already causing heavy rains across Thailand.

The Meteorological Department warns that residents in central and eastern provinces should be are aware of the threat of flash floods and landslides.  Tourists are warned to stay clear of national park caves and waterfall attractions.

The department forecasts that waves of up to three metres will make it dangerous for small boats in the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand.

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