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5 provinces of Thailand at risk of flashfloods, mudslides during the next 1-2 days

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BANGKOK, 6 October 2011 (NNT) – The Emergency Operation Center for Flood, Storm and Landslide has warned five provinces of flash floods and mudslides while indicating the possibility of more flooding in the central region during 13-16 October.

Director-General of the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and Deputy Director of the Emergency Operation Center for Flood, Storm and Landslide Viboon Sanguanpong urged people residing in risky areas along foothills and near waterways in Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga and Phuket provinces to be aware of flash floods and mudslides during the next couple of days.

Since heavy rains are in the forecast for the Central Plains, the Lower Northeast, the East and the West Coast of the South, local residents are suggested to monitor the situation and take note of unusual signs of nature in order to be ready for an evacuation.

Speaking of the water levels in major dams, Mr Viboon stated that Bhumibol Dam in Tak and Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri had been releasing water on a constant basis. The water masses from both dams in combination with the high tide are expected to result in river runoff in the lower part of the central region during 13-16 October. Local residents, especially those living below the two dams, are thus encouraged to brace for additional flooding. Authorities have been ordered to reinforce flood prevention dykes and to have an evacuation plan in place.

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