The National Water Administration is on alert for flash floods in the southern region of 8 provinces from April 5-8.
The National Water Administration has issued a warning for flash floods after tracking the weather forecast of the Meteorological Department from April 4 to 7. The influence of the east wind remains and prevails over the Gulf of Thailand and the South, causing heavy to very heavy rainfall in some parts of the South. At present, the southern region has accumulated heavy rain for 3 days, more than 150 millimeters in many areas. Therefore, it is important to keep an eye on areas at risk of flash floods such as in Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, and Narathiwat during April 5-8.
A low-pressure cell covering the Southern coast of Vietnam will move over to Southern Thailand and Malaysia and is expected to cause heavy rain, heavy water runoff, and flash flooding.
The National Water Administration has instructed relevant agencies to monitor the weather and water situation continually, especially in the areas where rainfall is accumulated more than 90 millimeters in the last 24 hours and the areas at risk of being flooded regularly. The water management plan has been adjusted for the current water situation and the appropriateness of drainage in rivers – in accordance with the rise and fall of sea level as well.
Earlier last month, Krabi experienced flash floods caused by continuous and heavy rain. The water damaged 20 houses of the residents of 3 villages with a water level of 30-50 centimeters and agricultural areas of the Khok Nong Na Model Project.
If you are in a dangerous situation due to the weather and need help, you can contact the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation via the Line ID @1784DDPM or the ‘PhonPhai’ mobile application which has a 24-hour hotline ready to provide immediate assistance.