LAMPANG, 15 July 2014 – Lampang and Chiang Mai have been hit by minor flooding, as the weather bureau maintained on Monday its forecast of isolated heavy raining in most parts of Thailand.
In downtown Lampang, many roads have been inundated by water between 20 to 40 centimeters in height, causing significant disruption to road traffic. The local Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office has called for locals in 13 districts to maintain vigilance against forest runoffs for one or two days.
In Chiang Mai, provincial officials were Chaiprakan district on Monday to survey damage and to aid locals from around 800 households who encountered forest runoffs. Heavy machinery is used to dredge the waterways in the district and to make temporary repairs to bridges damaged by the runoffs.
The Meteorological Department warned on Monday that those in the North, Northeast, East, and the South’s Andaman coast would continue to experience isolated heavy rain. The wave height in the Andaman is expected to be about 2 meters. Monsoon Rammasun in the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring increased rainfall to Thailand during the 17th and 20th. Those traveling to the Philippines, threatened by the monsoon, are advised to check the weather report prior to their departure.