BANGKOK (Nation, Gazette): Phuket is among seven provinces for which warnings of heavy rains and possible flash flooding today and tomorrow were issued by the Meteorological Department earlier this morning.
In its forecast, issued at 4 am, the department said a low-pressure ridge over the central, eastern and lower northeastern regions coupled with the influence of the southwest monsoon would trigger heavy rains in provinces including Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi.
Wiwat Intarapanich, Chief of Weather Forecasting at the Meteorological Department office near the airport, reminded the Gazette that September is statistically the rainiest month in Phuket, with rainfall averaging about 400 millimeters.
He warned of landslides, especially in areas of hillside construction and illegal encroachment on forest land.
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