8 northern provinces warned to brace for flash floods due to heavy rains

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BANGKOK, 8 July 2014  – Eight northern provinces are warned of flash floods and landslide from 8-10 July 2014 while the Ministry of Interior is closely monitoring the weather in order to assist the affected people in time.

Director-General of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Chatchai Phromlert said the eight provinces warned to brace for flash floods and landslide from heavy rains included Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Phrae and Nan. Officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation were on standby 24 hours to assist the affected people especially those who lived in areas along river banks, foothill slopes and flood-prone areas, the official said.

Some areas in the eight provinces have reported rainfall of over 100 millimeters after heavy rains earlier this week.

The director-general added that officers would lead tourists at natural attractions to a safe place if a natural disaster was likely. As for the local people, they should keep abreast of weather forecasts and disaster warnings. They were strongly advised to abide by the warnings and frequently look for signs of a natural disaster, Mr Chatchai said.