Alert over flash floods in southern Thailand

16:17, November 15, 2010      

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The director of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Monday said that residents in southern eight provinces on the east coast are at risk for flash floods during Nov. 15-17.

Residents in southern provinces of Chumphon, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Narathiwat, Yala and Pattani are experiencing heavy rains caused by northeast monsoon that will move pass southern region and Gulf of Thailand.

Flash floods and landslides are likely to occur from Nov. 15 to 17, according to the anticipation of the department.

The department has already coordinated with disaster prevention centers in each flood-prone areas and instructed concerned officials to closely observe the situation around the clock.

Five provinces including Song Khla, Trang, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Patthalung are still reeling from the effects of the floods that have wreaked havoc on those provinces since the beginning of this month. Up to present, 72 people in the southern region have been reported dead.

Source: Xinhua


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