The National Water Command Centre (NWCC) has recently alerted several provinces across all regions to prepare for potential flash floods occurring between May 27 and June 1. This warning comes as the southwesterly monsoon over Thailand intensifies and a low-pressure system travels from central Vietnam to cover Laos and Cambodia. Consequently, increased rainfall is expected in particular areas within this time frame.
Expert analysis from the Hydro-informatics Institute and Meteorological Department predict potential flash flooding in the following provinces during this period:
- North – Phetchabun (specifically, Lom Kao district);
- Central – Phetchaburi (Tha Yang, Ban Lat, and Muang districts), and Prachuap Khiri Khan (Hua Hin and Pran Buri districts);
- Northeast – Surin (Muang district), Buri Ram (Muang district), and Ubon Ratchathani (Muang and Phibun Mangsahan districts);
- East – Chon Buri (Muang district), Rayong (Muang and Klaeng districts), Chanthaburi (Muang district), and Trat (Muang and Khao Saming districts);
- South – Chumphon (Phato district), Ranong (Kapoe, Muang, and Suk Samran districts), Phang-nga (Kapong, Khura Buri, Takua Thung, Takua Pa, and Thai Muang districts), Phuket (Kathu, Thalang, and Muang districts), Krabi (Ko Lanta, Khlong Thom, Muang, Nua Khlong, and Ao Luek districts), Trang (Muang, Kantang, and Palian districts), and Satun (Thungwa district).
Residents in these designated areas should remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their properties from the potential risks associated with heavy rainfall and flash floods. Staying informed about the latest weather updates and following the guidance of local authorities will be crucial in ensuring safety throughout this period.
With the southwesterly monsoon season gaining momentum, it’s essential for people residing in flood-prone regions to remain well-prepared and equipped to handle emergency situations. Some useful tips to reduce potential damage caused by flash floods include storing valuable items on higher ground, preparing an emergency kit complete with essentials, and creating an evacuation plan beforehand. Additionally, identifying safe routes and higher ground locations will facilitate a prompt escape in case of an emergency.
In conclusion, the National Water Command Centre’s warning stands as a vital reminder for people residing in the mentioned provinces to brace for potential flash floods. Taking preventive measures and closely monitoring weather developments can significantly mitigate the risks and damage caused by heavy rainfall and flooding within the region.