Residents in Chumphon, Ranong and Nakhon Si Thammarat are being warned of heavy rainfall, flash floods and mudslides over the next few days. National Disaster Warning Centre issued a warning Wednesday about bad weather in the three southern provinces.
The centre has warned locals in Chumphon's Phato and Thung Tako districts, Kra Buri and La-un districts in Ranong and Phrommakhiri, Nop Phi Tham and Lan Saka districts in Nakhon Si Thammarat about possible flash floods and mudslides following heavy downpours in their communities.
Floodway construction is required to limit the impact of immense flooding and economic losses for people living in the southern provinces, and city planning should be adjusted to better enable disaster responses, says the Engineering Institute of Thailand (EIT).
Thanes Weerasiri, chairman of the EIT, said the flood crisis hitting the southern provinces is an important lesson on flood disaster management, which requires infrastructure development to reduce impacts.
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People in southern provinces and local authorities are bracing for a new round of floods after more heavy rain was forecast in the region this week.
Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Sunday that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered provincial governors and local administrative agencies to beef up precautionary measures against flooding as heavy rainfall is expected in the South, according to the Thai Meteorological Department.
The northeast monsoon covering the South and the Gulf of Thailand will gain strength during Jan 16-20, bringing more rain with isolated heavy falls in 12 southern provinces, the Meteorological Department said on Sunday.
The 12 provinces are Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Phangnga, Phuket, Songkhla, Krabi, Trang, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.
Waves in the Gulf of Thailand will be 2-3 metres high during this period.
Forty people have died so far as a result of the floods that have ravaged 12 southern provinces since Jan 1, and forecasters say more rain is on the way starting on Monday.
The Meteorological Department has forecast isolated heavy rain from Monday to Wednesday, especially for Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat provinces.
Further downpours are expected on Thursday and Friday in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat.