NDWC issues flood, mudslide warnings in North and South

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BANGKOK, 31 May 2012  – Northern and southern residents living in flood-prone areas have been warned to prepare for heavy rains and dangers from flash floods during the next few days. 

The National Disaster Warning Center (NDWC) has issued its weekly warning, saying that flash floods, forest runoffs and mudslides can be expected today and tomorrow in the northern province of Chiang Rai. Due to recent heavy rainfall in the province, locals are urged to closely follow weather updates as a precaution.

NDWC Director Somsak Khaosuwan said that warning signs of approaching mudslides and floods include a rapid increase in rivers’ water levels and a faint rumbling or cracking sounds which gain volume as the runoffs near. Residents in risky areas are urged to evacuate immediately upon detecting these natural warnings.

Meanwhile, those living along the Andaman coast, particularly in Phang Nga, Krabi and Phuket provinces, are warned of high tidal waves approaching the shorelines. Small boats are to be kept ashore for the next few days.

Mr Somsak added that the NDWC is coordinating with relevant agencies in relaying timely alerts and warnings to residents in all disaster-prone areas.