DDPM steps up measures to prevent heavy rain-induced disaster

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BANGKOK, 27 May 2012  – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is stepping up its games to prevent possible disasters, induced by heavy rain forecast for the week ahead. 

The Thai Meteorological Department has issued its latest warning on Saturday, stating that a monsoon trough over Thailand’s North and upper Northeast is facing strong Southwest monsoon present over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

As a result, all over the country will likely experience heavy rain until Monday.

The Meteorological Department has warned residents of Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Phayao, Nan, Lamphun, Lampang, Prae, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga and Satun to beware of flash flood during this period.

Moreover, it has asked fishing boats on both the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand to be extra-careful due to the possibilities of moderate waves of 2-3 meters. Small boats are also asked to stay ashore during May 26th-29th.

With the warnings out there, the DDPM has collaborated with all its branch offices in related areas to prepare measures to prevent and solve any problems that may be caused by flood and storm, such as landslides.

The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry’s Department of Mineral Resources has also notified all surveillance volunteers to watch out for the reports of landslide and promptly inform affected residents.