5:02 pm - Friday September 30, 2016

Southern provinces brace for storm Washi

Southern provinces brace for storm Washi

Tropical storm Washi that hit the southern Philippines, triggering flash floods killing more than 650 people and leaving many missing, is expected to wreak havoc in southern Thailand tomorrow.

The storm was forecast to move through the lower South China Sea and weaken before hitting the coast of Malaysia by Wednesday, said Wanchai Sak-udomchai, director of the Meteorological Department’s office in the eastern South.

This would result in more torrential rains in the South, particularly in Nakhon Si Thammarat, Songkhla, and Phatthalung provinces, with rough seas expected in the Gulf of Thailand from tomorrow until Thursday, Mr Wanchai said.

A weather front that was causing cold spells in upper Thailand had brought about heavy rains in the lower South for days which had triggered floods and landslides in several areas.

At least two major incidents of landslides were reported in Songkhla on Sunday, one in Rattaphum and the other in Krasae Sin districts, Mr Wanchai said.

No injuries were reported in the latest landslides, he said.

About 200 families in Phatthalung’s Khuan Khanun district had been affected by flooding for five days, while fresh flash floods were reported yesterday in Trang’s Muang district.

The Trang incident had prompted an evacuation of about 11 families in tambon Yong Tai as authorities warn that worse may be on the way.

The impact of the high weather pressure combined with the influence of a low pressure zone in the South China Sea would result in heavier rains in certain areas from Surat Thani and areas south of there, he said. He advised small boats to stay ashore for a few days.


Courtesy of Bangkok Post

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