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Monsoon rains and storm Podul: 16 deaths and over 100,000 homes affected so far

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The head of Thailand’s Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DPMD) says that a combination of monsoon weather in the south of the country, and tropical storm Podul in upper provinces, has so far caused 16 deaths and left over 102,000 households affected.

Chayaphol Thitisak adds that 10 provinces are still flooded, with nearly 1,500 residents evacuated from 15 locations considered to be at risk.

The DPMD is assisting local officials and the army by providing staff and equipment to help people in the areas worst affected. Pumps are being installed to drain flood waters and flat-bottomed boats are being sent in to collect people’s belongings and help with transportation.

Officials are continuing to monitor the situation around the country with heavy rain in several provinces – north and south – increasing the risk of flash floods and landslides.

Chief Chayaphol urges people to follow weather reports closely and call the department’s 24-hour hotline on 1784 should they need assistance.

SOURCE: The Nation

 

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More thunderstorms and winds projected nationwide for weekend

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The Thai Meteorological Department is extending the forecast of heavy thunderstorms and gusty winds to last through the weekend nationwide. Previously, it issued warnings of thunderstorms to last through today as a high-pressure system from China, winds, and a westerly trough from Myanmar are making landfall in the Kingdom. The system is bringing moisture to upper Thailand and the central regions, including Bangkok, causing the forecasted thunderstorms and gusty winds.

Hail and isolated heavy rains are also expected in the North. Isolated heavy rains are expected in the South as southeasterly winds are moving across the Gulf of Thailand, and the Andaman Sea. The department says May 8-12 will see increasing temperatures and wind, with decreasing thundershowers in the North.

The department issued warnings to people in the North to watch out for severe weather conditions and avoid outdoor places, unsecured buildings, billboards, and large trees. The warnings also include watching out for flash floods and crop damage. Chon Buri province, which features Pattaya, has seen 2 days of major storms, with the eastern district of Sattahip, experiencing a damaging storm yesterday morning. Residents were left picking up the pieces as The Pattaya News reported 20 homes being damaged. 11 fishing boats were reported to have sunk. It’s understood most of the fishing boats belong to the Khao Lan fisheries group.

The roof of Chong Samae San Temple was also reported to have collapsed, significantly damaging the building. However, no injuries or deaths have been reported, as of now, due to the storms. The Pattaya News reported that the Red Cross and Wanchat distributed survival bags to those residents affected by the storms. It’s understood that district officials plan to provide some form of financial aid to those who have lost their homes or whose properties and boats have been damaged.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Pattaya fishing boat capsized in storm, 2 crew rescued, 2 missing

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FILE PHOTO: A Thai fishing boat capsized with 2 crewmembers rescued and 2 still missing at sea. (via Snappy Goat)

2 members of a fishing boat crew are still missing after a strong storm that capsized their boat off the Pattaya coast. Yesterday morning 2 people on board the boat were rescued after it was flipped in the high waves but confirmed that 2 more crew were aboard the ship and have not been found. The accident took place off Nongprue near the island of Pai.

The unnamed boat captain and another crew member were picked up by another local fishing boat in the area, but they were reported to have spent quite a while in the open water first, clinging to debris to stay afloat about 1.6 kilometres from the shore. The two crew members missing in the storm were a 60 year old man and a 31 year old man.

The captain of the boat that rescued the 2 men recalled rough waters and torrential downpours with a huge wave that capsized the fishing boat. He found the men shouting for help, holding on for dear life to big empty water jugs floating on the sea surface.

The Royal Thai Navy was contacted about the capsizing yesterday morning and naval officers searched all day for the 2 missing crew members without any luck. They continued the search this morning.

About 50 kilometres away, Rayong saw a similar tragedy in the same heavy storm, while rains pounded many parts of Thailand. A fishing boat there was also capsized in the storm with one crew member rescued. A second crewman was later found dead and a third is still lost at sea as rescue workers search.

Chon Buri has been particularly hard hit in the recent stormy weather in Thailand with high wind alerts and heavy rain. The Thai Meteorological Department is forecasting many more storms to come and is advising all local fishermen on small fishing boats to stay on land, especially overnight when the storms have been intensifying.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Thai Meteorological Dept. warns northern Thailand of severe storms through May 7

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The Thailand Meteorological Department says severe storms, especially in the north, will be present through May 7. The announcement detailed the forecast with gusty winds and hail being included in the conditions due to a high pressure system from China. It also warned residents to stay away from big trees, unsecured buildings, large billboards, and outdoor places in general. Farmers were to be especially prepared for possible crop damage.

The southerly and southeasterly winds may bring moisture from the South China Sea to the north and central regions of Thailand, causing heavy rainfall and storms. The winds will affect the Gulf of Thailand, Andaman Sea, and the rest of the South, yielding scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains.

Below is the announcement from the Thai Meteorological Department:

Weather Warning
“Summer Storm in Thailand”

No. 19 Time Issued : April 6, 2021
The high-pressure system from China covers upper Thailand leading to decreasing temperatures in the area. Meanwhile in the upper country summer storms are less likely to happen with thunderstorms, gusty winds and isolated hail, as well as thunderbolts. All of these remains in Northern provinces of Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai, Kamphaengphet and Tak. People should stay safe from the severe conditions by keeping off an open area, big trees and unsecured billboards. Farmers are advised to prepare for crop’s damages.

This final advisory is in effect on 6 April 2021, at 5am

 

(Signed) Nattapon Nattasomboon

(Mr. Nattapon Nattasomboon)

Director-General

Thai Meteorological Department

SOURCE: TMD/Pattaya News

 

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