Rain, flooding warnings issued

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Tuesday warned people living near hillsides and waterways in 35 provinces to beware possible flash floods, landslides and mountain runoff due to heavy rain this week.

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Department director-general Chatchai Promlert said the southwestern monsoon over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand is expected to get stronger on July 17-21, while  typhoon Rammasun will make landfall over southern China and cover upper Vietnam at the same time.

That will lead to more-abundant rainfall and heavy rain is expected in the North, Northeast, Central Plains, East and the upper South over the five-day period, he said.

The 35 provinces comprise nine in the North (Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Tak, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Lampang, Phrae, Nan, Phayao), ten in the Northeast (Loei, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nong Bua Lamphu, Sakon Nakhon, Nong Khai, Udon Thani, Bung Kan,  Ubon Ratchathani, Amnat Charoen) four in the Central Plains (Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Petchaburi, Prachuab Khiri Khan), four in the East (Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Rayong, Trat) and eight in the South (Chumphon, Ranong, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Pangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang).

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