Southern Thailand warned of heavy rain & strong wind during 18-21 January

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BANGKOK, 18 January 2013  The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has issued its latest warning for residents in the southern region, where harsher weather conditions are forecast from now until early next week. 

DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert said on Thursday that information provided by the Meteorological Department shows the northeast monsoon over the South and the Gulf of Thailand will strengthen during January 18 and 21.

As a result, more rain is forecast, while some areas will likely be hit by heavy downpour and experience strong wind and waves.

Mr. Chatchai added that flash flood and landslide are expected in 9 provinces, including Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani and Narathiwat.

Therefore, the DDPM Director-General has asked people in affected areas to keep a close watch on weather forecast and warnings as well as to monitor the natural settings in order to allow for timely evacuation.

He also noted that fishermen should be particularly more careful while at sea until the situation improves.

Mr. Chatchai went on to say that the DDPM already initiated the collaboration with its branch offices in Prachuap Khiri Khan, Surat Thani and Songkhla as well as all 9 provincial offices to be ready for any circumstances and to be on stand-by to lend assistance to those in need, at all times.