Flood alert for 10 provinces

Flood alert for 10 provinces

A trailer truck navigates a flooded road in Rayong province on Oct 6. (Bangkok Post photo)
A trailer truck navigates a flooded road in Rayong province on Oct 6. (Bangkok Post photo)

People in 10 eastern and Central Plains provinces have been told to prepare for heavy rain and possible forest runoff and landslides this weekend.

Heavy rain had intensified this week and brought floods to 10 districts in four provinces — Rayong, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and Lop Buri, said Chatchai Phromlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department. 

Soldiers and officials from other agencies had been mobilised to help drain floodwater from the affected areas, he said on Saturday. 

With a low-pressure system covering the Northeast, more rain is expected in the North, Northeast, Central Plains and East and this might trigger heavy downpours until Sunday, said Mr Chatchai.

He warned that heavy rain accumulation might cause river overflows, forest runoff and possible landslides in high-risk areas in 10 provinces in the Central and Eastern regions.

The 10 provinces are Saraburi and Lop Buri in the Central region and Chanthaburi, Trat, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri and Sa Kaeo in the East.

He asked provincial officials to be on full alert to deal with possible emergencies. Rapid deployment teams and necessary equipment will be put on standby to help affected residents.

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