Ranong lashed by heavy rain; high waves expected in the seas


RANONG, 12 July 2014 – Officials in Ranong province have reported minor damage in the wake of the recent heavy raining and bouts of gusty wind. Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department has warned of strong wind waves in the Andaman coast as well as in the Gulf of Thailand.

Nakha and Kamphuan sub-districts of Suk Samran district in Ranong were especially hard-hit by gusty wind, which caused the collapse of a roadside resting spot where locals usually sit to wait for public transport. Around 10 homes that were situated along the coast suffered damage to their roofs. A couple of fish cages were also reported damaged. Locals in Suk Samran were maintaining vigilance against the weather on Friday, even though the raining had already died down.

The Meteorological Department indicated on Friday that waves in the upper part of the Andaman Sea would reach 4 meters in height, and waves in the upper part of the Gulf of Thailand would reach a height of 3 meters. Small boats are advised to keep ashore.

Although the amount of raining in most parts of Thailand is projected to lessen, isolated heavy raining is also expected.