Heavy rains expected in many regions

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People in the northern, northeastern, eastern and southern Thailand are warned to brace for heavy rains and flash flooding.

On Thursday the Meteorological Department forecast thunderstorms and heavy rains in many areas, particularly across the North, the Northeast, the East and the South. The heavy rains may cause flooding, overflowing rivers and landslides.

Waves in the Andaman Sea were forecast to be 2-3 meters high and the in the Gulf of Thailand two meters high. Small boats should not operate from now until 14 August 2018.

The Special Center for Crisis Management forecast that a depression will move from Hainan on 14 August and pass the northern part of Vietnam and Lao on 15 August. The depression will likely pass over Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai on 16 August and enter Myanmar on 17 August, resulting in continuous rain until 17 August in Thai provinces adjacent to Myanmar.

In Phetchaburi province, the water level in Mueang district has increased at a slower rate with the latest level being 4.44 centimeters, lower than river banks by 66 centimeters. The water situation in areas below the dam is still at risk of flooding.

Pranburi reservoir in Prachuap Khiri Khan is storing 319 million cubic meters of water and discharging water at a higher than normal rate. The water level of the Pranburi River is expected to gradually rise. (NNT)