Hat Yai braces for flood


SONGKHLA, Nov 21 — Thailand’s commercial hub of the South, a district in Songkhla province, is on 24-hour high alert for flooding after two days of heavy rain.

Two consecutive days of heavy rain has increased the water level of U Tapao canal.

Concerned government agencies have inspected the at-risk area and deployed workers to monitor the water situation to prevent flooding in Hat Yai municipality.

Train services in the southern provinces have resumed after the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) staff have repaired the rail bridge in Thepa district which was damaged by water erosion.

The Meteorological Department of Thailand has issued a weather advisory, saying that heavy rain remains likely in the region. The low pressure cell over the Malaysian coast is moving to cover Thailand’s lower South, and will move to the Andaman Sea on Friday.

Residents in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Phang-nga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces should pay attention to the severe weather through Saturday.

High waves in the Gulf of Thailand from Prachuap Khiri Khan southward are expected to reach 2-4 metres, and 2-3 metres in the Andaman Sea, accompanied by strong winds. All ships should proceed with caution and small boats keep ashore.