BANGKOK, 21 June 2011 –The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has warned people residing in the central region, the East, and the western coast of the South about possible torrential rain and strong gusts from 21 to 25 June 2011.
DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong said villagers living in risky spots, such as on hill slopes and nearby waterways in Chanthaburi and Trat provinces, should be prepared for heavy rain within the next few days.
Mr Viboon continued that the rain may cause flash floods and mudslides in the areas, so villagers are suggested to observe any unusual signals in the nature closely in order to be able to evacuate in time.
In addition, waves in the Andaman Sea during this period are expected to be 2-3 metres high. Fishermen should be cautious when sailing at sea while all small boats are advised to remain ashore for the time being.
The DDPM has dispatched officials to risky zones and instructed them to monitor the situation closely. However, villagers suffering from flooding, storms and landslides could seek assistance from the office by dialing 1784. The emergency line is available around the clock.