Public warned for heavy rains and flash floods in risk areas

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BANGKOK, 9 August 2015 – The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) warns the public in risk areas of potential heavy rains and flash floods due to the influence of monsoons in the northeastern, western, and southern regions.

TMD’s Director-General Wanchai Sakudomchai has revealed that heavy rainfalls are expected in the northeastern, western, and southern regions due to the influence of monsoons in Thailand.

The country is now under the influence of heavy rainfall prevailing over the lower parts of the northern region and the northeastern region, together with strong southwest monsoon winds over the Andaman Sea and the southern region.

TMD’s Director-General has said that the public in risk areas, especially in Krabi, Phang Nga, Phuket, Ranong, Trat, Trang, Satun, and Nakhon Ratchasima, are advised to be wary of potential flash floods due to the continuous rainfall, and are advised to closely monitor the situation.

Fishing boats are advised not to sail out into the Andaman Sea where waves with a height of 2-3 meters are expected, but boats in the Gulf of Thailand can sail out as normal.

Meanwhile, the Soudelor tropical storm is now heading towards Zhejiang Province of China and will continue to weaken. The storm causes no direct effect to Thailand.