Southern provinces brace for floods from expected heavy rains this week
Several provinces in the South are bracing for floods after the Meteorological Department warned of heavy monsoon rains this week in the southern region.
In Satun, the 12th Public Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office Yesterday (Sept 24) installed three more water pumps with draining capacity of 8,000 litres/minute to drain flood water to the sea via its irrigation canals day and night.
Chief of the disaster prevention and mitigation office, said the flood situation in Satun province has now eased after many areas were submerged for several days.
Flood now is reported in some low-lying areas in Muang and La-ngoo districts.
Meanwhile flood is reported in Pattani and Yala after rains continue in the areas, prompting irrigation officials to release water from Pattani dam in preparation of taking in more water from heavy rains this week, although the release will affect people living downstream.
In Krabi, officials at the Nopparat Thara-Phi Phi Island Marine Park yesterday bans swimming by tourists and sailing of tourist boats in the sea for safety reason as there are high waves and strong winds in the sea.
Besides officials also advise all operators of tourist boats on the route from Phi Phi Island to Phuket to prepare sufficient life saving equipments for all their passengers and not to overload passengers for safety reason.