Tropical depression headed for North, Northeast (Updated)

Tropical depression headed for North, Northeast (Updated)

It was raining in Sakon Nakhon as of 6pm Thailand time, July 25, but the actual tropical storm was still in Vietnam. Thus, there is a lot more rain still to come. / Weather Underground
It was raining in Sakon Nakhon as of 6pm Thailand time, July 25, but the actual tropical storm was still in Vietnam. Thus, there is a lot more rain still to come. / Weather Underground

The Meteorological Department has just reported that tropical storm “SONCA” made landfall over Dong Hoi, Vietnam at 4pm. The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) warned 43 provinces in upper Thailand to brace for the impact of the storm.

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Evening update

The Meteorological Department has just reported that tropical storm “SONCA” made landfall over Dong Hoi, Vietnam at 4pm. It is moving westward slowly with maximum sustained wind about 65 km/hr. It is forecast to downgrade to tropical depression over Laos then move through northeastern Thailand.

Here are the Thai provinces that should be affected in some way over the next two days:

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun.

Northeast: Loei, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Khon Kaen, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Kalasin, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen and Ubon Ratchathani.

Central: Lop Buri, Saraburi, Nakhon Sawan, Chai Nat and Uthai Thani.

East: Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

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Downpours forecast from Sonca storm

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The Meteorological Department warned Monday that tropical storm Sonca will trigger torrential rain in much of Thailand Tuesday and Wednesday, while the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) warned 43 provinces in upper Thailand to brace for the impact of the storm.

Centred in the South China Sea close to Vietnam Monday, Sonca was expected to taper into a tropical depression and then a low pressure cell as it moves past neighbouring Laos into Thailand's North and the Northeast, said the department.

Sonca is the fourth tropical storm in the South China Sea so far this year.

Certain provinces in the North, Northeast and the East were likely to be hit by Sonca today and tomorrow.

A smaller number of them will still be affected on Thursday and Friday, the department said.

They are Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Sukhothai, Kamphaeng Phet, Tak, Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

People living in these provinces are being advised to prepare for possible flash floods.

The DDPM also warned 43 provinces to stay on high alert around the clock for possible natural disasters that may occur until Thursday as a result of Sonca.

People living at the foot of a hill, in low-lying areas and in coastal areas are being warned to prepare for evacuation when necessary, said Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the DDPM.

Meanwhile, water in the Mekong River in many districts of Nakhon Phanom, Bung Kan and Kalasin was diverted to smaller waterways Monday, to prepare for more rain from the tropical storm. Those living near river banks are advised to keep a close watch for rising water levels.

In Chiang Rai, certain parts in Muang, Mae Fa Luang and Phan districts have already experienced flooding and landslides. Floods about 20 centimetres to 1 metre deep were reported in tambon Bua Sali in Muang district as run-off continued to flow into those districts.

A man carries his daughters to higher ground as heavy rains in Chiang Rai province cause landslides and floods. (Post Today photo)

A road leading up to Doi Tung in Mae Fa Luang district became impassable Monday following a landslide that blocked access.

Suchat Charoensri, director of the 12th Royal Irrigation Office in Chai Nat, said a rise in water coming into the Chao Phraya dam pointed to the need for the dam to release water at a higher rate. That is expected to lead to a rise in water levels downstream of between 15cm and 25cm.

People living in Ang Thong and Ayutthaya provinces in particular are being warned to prepare to deal with possible flooding.

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Vocabulary

  • access: the ability to enter a building or place - การเข้าสู่
  • advise: to tell somebody what you think they should do in a particular situation - แนะนำ, แจ้ง
  • affected (verb): having received an effect or influence - ถูกผลกระทบ, มีผลต่อ
  • alert: prepared to deal with something dangerous - ตื่นตัว ระวัง
  • around the clock: throughout the whole day and night; 24 hours - ทั้งวันทั้งคืน
  • banks: the raised areas of land along the side of a river - ริมฝั่งแม่น้ำ, ตลิ่ง
  • block: to stop someone/ something from moving through or along something else - ปิดกั้น, กีดขวาง
  • brace for (verb): to get ready for something, usually something unpleasant or difficult to deal with - เตรียมรับมือ
  • coastal: of an area of land beside the sea - แนวชายฝั่งทะเล
  • deal with: to take action to solve a problem - จัดการปัญหา
  • Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation: a department within the Ministry of the Interior in charge of making preparations for disasters, warning citizens of dangers and organising relief efforts when a disaster occurs - กรมป้องกันและบรรเทาสาธารณภัย
  • depression: an area where the air pressure is low, often causing heavy rain - พายุดีเปรสชัน
  • director: one of a group of senior managers who run a company - กรรมการบริษัท
  • diverted: caused something to change direction - เบนเส้นทางเดินน้ำ
  • downgrade: to reduce someone or something to a lower rank or position - ลดความสำคัญ
  • downstream: in the direction that a river or stream is flowing - ตามกระแสน้ำ
  • evacuation: moving people from a place of danger to a safer place - การอพยพ
  • flash flood: a flood that happens suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • flow: (of a liquid) to move continuously in one direction - ไหล
  • impact (noun): an effect or influence - ผลกระทบ
  • impassable: of a road or path that cannot be travelled on because it is blocked or because of bad weather conditions - ซึ่งผ่านไปไม่ได้
  • in particular: especially or particularly - โดยเฉพาะ, โดยเฉพาะอย่างยิ่ง
  • irrigation: the process of supplying water to an area of land through pipes or channels so that crops will grow - การชลประทาน
  • landslide: a mass of rock and earth moving suddenly and quickly down a steep slope - แผ่นดินถล่ม
  • low pressure cell (noun): "a low pressure system...is an area where the atmospheric pressure is lower than that of the area surrounding it. Lows are usually associated with high winds, warm air, and atmospheric lifting. Because of this, lows normally produce clouds, precipitation, and other bad weather such as tropical storms and cyclones" (Source: About.com) -
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • Meteorological Department: the government department in charge of determining what the weather will be in the future - กรมอุตุนิยมวิทยา
  • natural disaster: an unexpected natural event, such as a very bad storm or flood that kills a lot of people or causes a lot of damage - ความหายนะธรรมชาติทาง, ภัยพิบัติธรรมชาติทาง
  • neighbouring: located or living near or next to a place or person - ติดกัน, ที่อยู่ใกล้เคียง, ที่ตั้งอยู่ใกล้เคียง
  • occur: to happen - เกิดขึ้น
  • rate: the level or speed at which something happens or changes, or the amount or number of times it happens or changes in a particular period - อัตรา
  • release (verb): to let something move freely; to allow a substance to flow out from somewhere - ปล่อย
  • sustained: continuing at the same level - ต่อเนื่อง
  • taper (verb): reduce or grow smaller slowly and gradually -
  • torrential rain: extremely heavy rain - ฝนไหลเชี่ยว
  • trigger: to cause - ก่อให้เกิด กระตุ้น
  • tropical storm (noun): the first level of dangerous storm: "A tropical storm is an organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds between 34 knots (39 mph) and 64 knots (74 mph). (Source: Wikipedia) - พายุโซนร้อน, พายุดีเปรสชันที่มีกำลังแรงขึ้น เกิดขึ้นในเขตร้อน ความเร็วลมบริเวณใกล้ศูนย์กลางประมาณ 70-120 กิโลเมตรต่อชั่วโมง [พจนานุกรมศัพท์ สสวท.]
  • warn: to make someone conscious of a possible problem or danger - เตือน
  • waterway (noun): a river, canal, etc. along which boats can travel - ทางน้ำ เช่น แม่น้ำ คลอง
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