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The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has cautioned 35 provinces of possible flash floods and mudslides from July 17 to 21 due to the influence of Typhoon Rammasun.
Based on the data from the Meteorological Department, DDPM Director-General Chatchai Promlert indicated that the southwest monsoon covering the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand was picking up strength while Typhoon Rammasun in the South China Sea was expected to eventually make landfall in Southern China and Northern Vietnam.
Under such circumstances, Mr Chatchai said torrential rains had been forecast during July 17-21 for 35 provinces in the North, Northeast, East and Upper South, including Tak, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Phanom, Udon Thani, Loei, Ratchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi, Surat Thani, Phuket and Trang.
Given the risks of flash floods, forest runoffs and mudslides, the DDPM has assigned its offices in those provinces to have their personnel, rapid response teams and equipment ready in case urgent assistance needs to be provided for disaster victims.
During the period, residents in risk-prone provinces are advised to strictly heed any warnings from the weather bureau and contact the 24-hour hotline 1784 whenever they are in need of help.