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Thailand anticipates a week of torrential rainfall

Thailand anticipates a week of torrential rainfall

Authorities warned that widespread heavy rains and rising river levels will characterize the opening week of this month.

The Meteorological Department predicted that the North, the Northeast, and the South would see severe rainfall on Sunday and Monday.

Heavier-than-usual precipitation is predicted for the lower Northeast, lower Central Plain, East, and South from Tuesday through Saturday.

People in 11 provinces around the Chao Phraya river basin were issued a warning by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation that rising flood levels were a possibility beginning on Monday.

Residents of Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Chai Nat, Lop Buri, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Sing Buri, Suphan Buri, and Uthai Thani were issued the alert.

Parts of Ang Thong and Ayutthaya that are low to the ground may see water levels rise by between 1.00 and 1.50 meters.

The forecast for this week predicts heavy rainfall in the Northeast, Central Plain, and Southern regions, with much of the precipitation coming from the North.

On Sunday, the Yom River flooded into the Muang district of the northern province of Sukhothai due to broken embankments, causing damage to around 1,300 homes and 2,400 rai of farmland.

When asked about the potential for further flooding in Sukhothai, Deputy Prime Minister Somsak Thepsutin warned that the province will get torrents from Phrae province.

Also in the North, on Sunday, floodwaters were beginning to recede in the Lom Sak area of Phetchabun province. The local reservoirs, according to Phetchabun governor Krit Kongmuang, are between 80% and 90% full.

On Sunday, floods and mudslides rendered four highways in the northern provinces of Lampang, Lamphun, and Sukhothai inaccessible, according to the Highways Department.

These included Highway 1102 in Lampang’s Mae Phrik district, Highways 1010 and 1184 in Lamphun’s Ban Hong and Thung Hua Chang, and Highway 1056 in Sukhothai’s Sri Samrong.

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