Thai govt warns of monsoon mayhem, brace for floods, heavy rain

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The Thai government issued a warning for heavy rain and potential flash floods from June 15 to June 19, due to monsoons and increased weather activity. The Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand are expected to experience high waves, urging fishermen to avoid navigating stormy areas.

Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office, Karom Polpornklang, alerted the public to the dangers associated with the upcoming weather conditions. A monsoon trough is forecasted to pass over the upper northern and northeastern regions of Thailand, extending into a low-pressure area in northern Vietnam and the Gulf of Tonkin.

Combined with a moderate southwest monsoon covering the Andaman Sea, Thailand, and the Gulf of Thailand, the country’s rainfall is expected to increase significantly. Heavy rainfall is anticipated in certain areas, particularly in the eastern region.

The upper Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand are expected to experience moderate wind and waves, with the upper Andaman Sea seeing waves up to two metres high. The Gulf of Thailand and the lower Andaman Sea will have waves between one to two metres. In areas with thunderstorms, waves could exceed 2 metres.

Fishermen in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea have been urged to navigate carefully, especially avoiding regions with thunderstorms.

Residents in these areas should remain vigilant for heavy rainfall and accumulated precipitation, which could lead to sudden flooding, flash floods and landslides. People living near hill slopes, watercourses, and low-lying areas in the northern and eastern regions are advised to be particularly cautious. Increased caution is also recommended for those travelling through stormy areas.

The government’s warning serves as a crucial reminder for both residents and fishermen to prepare and exercise caution during this period of severe weather. By staying informed and taking appropriate precautions, the potential risks associated with these weather conditions can be mitigated, reported KhaoSod.

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