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The Meteorological Department is warning 10 northeastern provinces they will bear the brunt of Typhoon Ketsana, which is moving swiftly towards the coast of Vietnam and is due to hit Thailand tomorrow.
The provinces bracing for severe weather conditions are Amnat Charoen, Buri Ram, Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Si Sa Ket, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani.
The typhoon is moving westward at a speed of 15 kilometres an hour.
“More rain is likely with isolated heavy to very heavy rainfall,” the Meteorological Department said yesterday.
“People in risk areas along foothills near waterways and in lowland areas should beware of flooding conditions during this period.”
Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Anucha Mokkaves said flood relief officials could handle the coming storm and all provincial agencies had been alerted to monitor the situation closely.