North, Northeast warned of severe weather from tropical storm Jebi

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PHITSANULOK, Aug 1 – Residents in Thailand’s Northern and Northeastern regions were warned today to prepared for possible flash floods due to the impact of Tropical Storm Jebi , with some 10,000 rai of rice fields in Phitsanulok already reported under floodwater.

Phitsanulok governor Preecha Ruangchan said forest run-off from the Petchabun mountain range have flooded 10,000 rai of rice fields in Bang Krathum district which is located in a low-lying area.

If the paddy fields are inundated for more than five days, he said, the crops will be destroyed.

The governor said he has instructed 114 villages in six districts — the provincial seat, Chat Trakan, Nakhon Thai, Wang Thong, Noen Maprang, and Wat Bot– to remain on alert for forest runoff and landslides as rain continues in the areas.

The Meteorological Department today reported that Tropical Storm Jebi was centered about 550 kilometres southeast of Hainan Island before moving to upper Vietnam and will trigger its impact on the upper parts of Laos and Thailand.

It said isolated heavy to very heavy rain is expected over Thailand’s North and the Northeast from Friday through Monday.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has warned 14 provinces to be prepared for severe weather conditions and flooding including Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Phrae, Uttaradit and Phetchabun.

In the northern province of Chiang Mai, Governor Adisorn Kamnerdsiri said he has warned all 25 districts to be prepared for natural disasters due to heavy from Friday through the weekend.

Lamphun governor Pinit Harnpanich met with officials from eight districts to monitor the flood situation. 328 are put at risk for flooding and landslides.

The governor said that the four reservoirs in the province now contain 40 per cent of their water capacity, with still have more room to store more water.

He noted that provincial workers must stand ready to handle the situation as natural disasters are unpredictable.