Residents in upper Thailand warned against thunderstorms-gusty winds till end of Jan


BANGKOK, 30 January 2013  The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has issued the latest warnings for residents in the upper part of Thailand against harsh weather conditions, expected until the end of January. 

DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert said on Tuesday that the west wind from Myanmar is forecast to move into Thailand’s northern region and the western part of the central plain during January 29-31.

As a result, thunderstorms and gusty winds are likely in the upper parts of the North, the Northeast and the central region, with heavy rain and hail also expected in the northern region.

Mr. Chatchai has urged residents in affected areas to be cautious of harsh weather conditions and the threat of hail, while collaborating with provincial officials and related DDPM centers to monitor the situation closely.

In addition, fully-equipped mobility emergency units will be on stand-by to assist those in need and to warn those at risk without delay, said the DDPM chief.