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6 Southern provinces urged to stay vigilant as heavy rains forecasted

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BANGKOK, January 2, 2012 (NNT) - The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has issued a warning to residents of six provinces in the South of Thailand to brace for possible flashfloods and violent waves.

DDPM Director-General Mr. Viboon Sanguanpong said people in six southern provinces, consisting of Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Ranong and Phang Nga, should be aware of possible dangers during this period following a forecast of torrential rains.

Those who live by the coast, on the hillside and in low-lying areas should be on high alert while fishermen and small boat operators have been warned to stay ashore.

The provincial DDPM offices in the six provinces are working in coordination with related authorities in Surat Thani, Songkhla and Phuket in keeping the situation under surveillance. Relief measures have been prepared for helping people in emergency situations. Residents in need of assistance can call the DDPM’s 24-hour hotline 1784.