Weather agency warns of heavy rain over northeastern, northern regions

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BANGKOK, Sept 30 – Typhoon Wutip made landfall in Vietnam today, bringing rain to northeast and northern Thailand, and a  70 per cent likelihood of rain forecast in Bangkok, according to the Meteorological Department.

The Department issued an advisory early this morning that typhoon Wutip arrived over Hue, in central Vietnam, early today and would then quickly decline before reaching Nakhon Phanom.

The storm is expected to bring more rain, isolated heavy rain and gusts over Thailand’s east, upper northeast and eastern north.

Thirteen provinces including Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun are expected to be affected by heavy downpours.

The department said the stronger southwest monsoon would cause the strong wind and high waves in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf of Thailand. All ships should proceed with caution.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was scheduled to inspect the flood situation and to visit flood victims in Si Sa Khet and Ubon Ratchathani today.