Heavy rain alert in most parts till Sunday
published : 25 Sep 2021 at 11:41
Heavy rain, flooding and strong winds in 39 provinces in the North, the Northeast, the East and the Central Plains, including Bangkok, on Saturday and Sunday as tropical storm Dianmu weakened.
The storm has downgraded to an active low-pressure cell over Khon Kaen province in the Northeast, according to a Meteorological Department alert on Saturday.
Abundant rain, with isolated heavy to very heavy rain and strong winds, were predicted in the North, the Northeast, the East and the Central Plains, including Greater Bangkok, between Saturday and Sunday. People in the risk areas should be prepared for overflows and flash floods.
Areas to be affected are:
- 7 northern provinces (Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Kampheng Phet, Phichit, Tak, and Phetchabun)
- 9 provinces in the Northeast (Loei, Khon Kaen, Roi Et, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Chaiyaphum, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram and Surin);
- 15 provinces in the Central Plains (Nakhon Sawan, Lop Buri, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Suphan Buri, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkhram and Nakhon Pathom, including Bangkok and its surrounding provinces; and
- 8 provinces in the East (Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat)
During the weekend, the active low-pressure cell over the Northeast will move to the monsoon trough across the lower North, the Central and the East. Continuous rain with isolated heavy to very heavy downpours was forecast in the areas, according to the department.
In Chaiyaphum, hours of heavy rain triggered forest run-off which flooded many areas in downtown Muang district from Friday night to Saturday morning.
Heavy rain pounded the district from 10pm on Friday to 7am on Saturday.
Municipal workers and police put up warning signs on roads to warn small vehicles not to enter downtown areas which were submerged. The road in front of Chaiyaphum Hospital was impassable for small vehicles as floodwater rose to 50 centimetres.