Flood warnings as storm Son-Tinh moves into Thailand

Flood warnings as storm Son-Tinh moves into Thailand

The 2-million-cubic-metre Huai Si Thon reservoir in Muang district, Kalasin, is overflowing after persistent rain brought by Tropical Storm Son-Tinh. (Photo by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet)
The 2-million-cubic-metre Huai Si Thon reservoir in Muang district, Kalasin, is overflowing after persistent rain brought by Tropical Storm Son-Tinh. (Photo by Yongyuth Phuphuangpet)

Tropical storm Son-Tinh landed in Vietnam and was expected to downgrade to a depression as it moved into the upper Northeast of Thailand on Thursday, with the forecast for heavy rain and flood warnings for most of the country.

Wanchai Sakudomchai, director-general of the Meteorological Department, said Son-Tinh hit Vinh city of Vietnam about 4am, bringing winds of around 70 kilometres per hour. It was moving westward at 20kph and expected to become a depression and then a low pressure system.

He warned of heavy rain, flash floods, runoff and overflowing streams in the North, Northeast, East and South on Thursday.

In the North, the warning was for Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Sukhothai, Tak and Uttaradit provinces.

In the Northeast it was for Amnat Charoen, Bung Kan, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Loei, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani and Yasothon.

In the East, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces were likely to be affected.

For the South the same warning was for Krabi, Phangnga, Phuket and Ranong.

On Friday, more rain is predicted in the North and Northeast. In the North, warnings were issued for Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nan, Phayao, Phrae and Tak.

In the Northeast, impacts would remain in Bung Kan, Loei, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Nong Khai, Sakon Nakhon and Udon Thani.

Small boats were advised to stay ashore in the East and the eastern coast of the South, where the southwesterly monsoon is expected to bring heavy rain and stir up high waves until Sunday.


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