Heavy rain is expected in 12 provinces in the eastern, northeastern and southern regions on Saturday ahead of the arrival of tropical storm Gaemi, the Office of the National Policy on Water and Flood Management said on Friday.
The flood-risk provinces identified by the office are Amnat Charoen, Yasothon, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani and Mukdahan in the Northeast, and Sa Kaeo, Chanthaburi and Trat in the eastern region. Rain will cover Ranong, Satun, Krabi and Trang in the South.
Supoj Tovichakchaikul, the agency chief, said governors of the provinces have been ordered to stay alert for possible flooding. Deputy Interior Minister Chuchart Hansawat has also directed governors in another 18 provinces to prepare for possible heavy rain, flash flooding and forest run-off.