Flood situation eases but more rain forecast for South

As flood situation in the South is easing gradually and flood-stricken residents began to clean up their houses and authorities are assessing flood damages to deliver assistance to the affected people, but new round of flooding in the South could be expected as heavy rain is forecast at weekend.

Warning of more heavy rain is issued by the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII).

HAII director-general MrRoyonJitdonyesterdsy warned that a low pressure area is approaching from the South China Sea and will arrive in Malaysia on Monday January 16.

The arrival of this pressure will affect four provinces in the south, namely Chumphon, SuratThani, Ranong, and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Heavy rains could affect some areas of theses provinces where flooding is improving.

He said the low pressure will cause scattered rains a few days before it disperses.

Meanwhile the Royal Thai Navy (RTN) started using water propelling boats to push out flood water into the sea in SuratThani to prepare the province for another wave of downpours.

MrRoyon added that roads and rails linking between Phetchaburi and PrachuabKhiri Khan provinces located in the flood pathway would now have to be strictly monitored, as they could also face new round of flooding and possible damages.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)