BANGKOK, 8 May 2012 – Residents in 10 provinces have been urged to brace for flash floods and mudslides today and tomorrow, as the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is keeping a close eye on the weather condition.
DDPM Director-General Wiboon Sanguanpong revealed that scattered thunderstorms can be expected in several provinces nationwide, possibly triggering flash floods, forest runoff and mudslides. Those residing in flood-prone areas down the hill slope or near waterways in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Uttaradit, Ranong and Phang Nga are advised to prepare for heavy rains in the next 2 days.
Mr Wiboon urged these residents to closely monitor the situation and to follow weather forecasts for any changes in weather conditions.
The department has also instructed provincial DDPM offices in the 10 risky provinces to be well-equipped to aid those in need. Those affected by floods can contact their local DDPM offices for assistance or call the DDPM hotline at 1784 around the clock.