Southeastern Thailand on alert for downpours

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SONGKHLA, Nov 27 – Residents of the southern coastal provinces along the Gulf of Thailand from Prachuab Khiri Khan to Nakhon Si Thammarat have been warned of heavy rainfall and flashfloods through Wednesday.

Wanchai Udomchai, director of Thailand’s Southeastern Meteorological Centre, also advised fishermen to keep their fishing boats ashore as waves in the Gulf of Thailand could be as high as two metres.

Heavy downpours will hit many areas in Prachuab Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat, he said.

Chumphon Governor Pirasak Hinmuangkao has ordered a 24-hour alert and careful watch of the situation after receiving reports of a strong high pressure from China moving towards the Gulf of Thailand and the South.

It has rained in the southeastern coast since Monday and fishing boats have stayed idly near the shore.