Heavy rain warning for South during New Year

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BANGKOK, Dec 26 – Residents of Thailand’s southern provinces have been warned of the possible impact of depression Wukong which is moving towards the Gulf of Thailand. 

Royol Chitradon, director of the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, said today that residents of the provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Surat Thani should be specially prepared for the storm on Saturday through Monday, New Years Eve.

The southern region will have less rainfall in the next few days, possibly misleading people that the situation has improved but the storm Wukong is still developing, he warned.

He said the storm will definitely move into southern Thailand before the New Year and produce torrential rains at some 100mm per day.

People in risk-prone areas are instructed to move their belongings to higher ground, take special care of their children and the elderly and practice relocation drills in preparation for landslides and water runoff.

He said the coming storm will be less severe than last year’s phenomenon which caused widespread rains in the South, peaking at 400 mm.