New tropical storm to hit Thailand

Recent flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima-Pak Chong District. Photo by Disaster Response Associations Thailand
Recent flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima-Pak Chong District. Photo by Disaster Response Associations Thailand

Thailand is bracing for a second tropical storm in two weeks, according to the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD).

The latest storm is expected to widen the damage caused by the previous one.

In its storm update released at 11pm on Thursday, the TDM said a low-pressure cell east of the Philippines had intensified into a tropical depression.

From Friday until Sunday, the depression is forecast to develop into a tropical storm, making landfall in the central region of Vietnam.

The approaching storm, the second to hit the country in two weeks, is likely to dump heavy rain and bring strong winds in the North, Central Plains and Northeast and the eastern region. Flash floods and water runoff are forecast in the affected areas, the weather bureau said.

The wet weather is predicted to add to heavy flooding in Nakhon Ratchasima, which forced a school in Chok Chai district to close indefinitely yesterday.

Authorities in provinces in the storm's path are preparing to cope with further damage.

To date, 15,740 households in 19 provinces have been affected by the flash floods and landslides. One person died.

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  • damage (verb): to harm or spoil something/somebody - ทำความเสียหาย
  • depression: an area where the air pressure is low, often causing heavy rain - พายุดีเปรสชัน
  • flash floods (noun): floods that happen suddenly without warning - น้ำที่เกิดท่วมในที่ต่ำโดยฉับพลันทันทีและไหลลดลงอย่างรวดเร็ว
  • indefinitely: for a period of time with no fixed end - ไม่มีข้อกำหนด
  • landfall: the place where a storm coming from the sea first hits land - การเข้าหาแผ่นดิน
  • low-pressure cell (noun): low-pressure systeml, an area where the pressure of the air is lower than that of the area surrounding it - หย่อมความกดอากาศกำลังแรง
  • 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.]
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