Overnight rain in Sa Kaeo due to impact of Gaemi

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SA KAEO, Oct 8 — Continuous rain has fallen in the eastern province of Sa Kaeo since Sunday night as the province tropical depression “Gaemi” passed over the area, despite being downgraded to an active low pressure cell early this morning.

Many districts of Sa Kaeo, particularly Aranyaprathet were impacted by Gaemi with heavy and light downpours since 10pm Sunday. The provincial meteorological office said the rainy weather would continue Monday.

Aranyaprathet municipality officials said the rain has not severely impacted the area as the water level in Khlong Phrom Hod, the district’s main canal, was 3 metres below the embankment.

However, the authorities will continue to closely monitor the situation, particularly in Watthana Nakhon and Khao Chakan districts because continuous rainfall for more than three hours would cause water from the two districts to flow into Aranyaprathet.

In Prachin Buri, all seven districts experienced heavy rainfall overnight, while the authorities are closely monitoring the situation at Si Maha Phot district because it was deeply flooded earlier.

Meanwhile, the Thai capital has had scattered rain since last night, with 20-30 millimetres of rainfall per hour.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage reaffirmed the water drainage system in Bangkok is functioning as usual, while water in the city’s canals was earlier discharged to allow more space to contain the rain.

The department said as of now there is no flooding of Bangkok roads and that it will rain in the capital for another one or two days.