22 provinces warned of flash floods, mudslides


BANGKOK, 13 July 2011  – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has issued a warning for possible flash floods and mudslides in 21 provinces in all parts of the country except for the northeast during this period. 

The 21 provinces comprise Mae Hong Son, Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Nan, Lampang, Lamphun, Phrae, Uttaradit, Tak, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Krabi and Trang.

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong said villagers in the areas are warned to brace for heavy rain from 12 to 15 July 2011 while those residing in risky spots such as on hill slopes and near waterways, are urged to stay vigilant for unusual signals in the nature including change of water colour, raining of longer than six hours, and rapid rise of water in rivers, so that evacuation can be made in time.

In addition, high waves and strong wind are expected in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. Fisher folks should be cautious when sailing at sea while small boats are advised to remain ashore for the time being.

The DDPM has dispatched officials to risky zones to monitor the situation closely. Villagers suffering from natural disasters could seek assistance from the office by dialling its emergency line 1784, which is available around the clock.