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Another 13 provinces warned of flooding; Bangkok safe for now

A house and a pickup truck were among the things that were swept into a canal in Buri Ram after strong currents broke down a part of the bank yesterday. Fortunately, nobody in the house was harmed. Later, neighbours and officials tried to help the family

A house and a pickup truck were among the things that were swept into a canal in Buri Ram after strong currents broke down a part of the bank yesterday. Fortunately, nobody in the house was harmed. Later, neighbours and officials tried to help the family

People living along rivers or at the foot of mountains in 13 provinces have been advised to brace for possible natural disasters.

Although Bangkok is not among these provinces, Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has expressed concern for the 25 riverside communities in the capital because they do not have the protection of flood barriers. He said yesterday that these communities could be flooded in the middle of this month in the face of high tide and run-offs from the upper part of the country.

As of press time, up to 24 provinces were still being ravaged by floods. These already-flooded provinces are not included in the list of 13 provinces for which a warning was issued by the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) yesterday.

The DPMD list includes Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Chumphon and Surat Thani.

If these provinces end up getting inundated, the flooding will affect a much wider area of the country.

"Keep an eye out for any signs of danger that might come in the wake of downpours and keep abreast of all early warnings [issued by the authorities]," DMPD director-general Chatchai Phromlert advised.

The Meteorological Department has forecast that a low-pressure ridge would be bringing heavier rain to many parts of the country. Downpours are likely to continue in the lower part of the Central region as well as the East and South until Tuesday.

Provinces in the lower part of the Central region are now preparing to deal with run-offs from upstream areas.

Meanwhile, the Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri needs to discharge 700 cubic metres of water per second because it is already brimming.

Separately, Sukhumbhand said he believes 850 families living along the Chao Phraya will be affected from run-offs and high tide in the middle of this month.

"We are preparing assistance for them," he said.

While relevant authorities have successfully erected flood barriers along almost the entire stretch of the river in Bangkok, some areas cannot be protected because residents object to it, he said.






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