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Weather bureau forecasts heavy to heaviest rains to continue for a few days

Tropical storm “Vamco” has caused havoc in many provinces across the country after it landed on the Vietnamese coastline early this week.

The Meteorological Department predicts its impact will continue in several regions of the country for the next few days.

In the latest warning this morning, the weather bureau said although the tropical storm has weakened into depression, it still will affect vast areas in the lower Northeast, Central, Eastern and Southern regions with heavy and heaviest rains in vast areas.

It warned people in these provinces to brace for more floodings from heavy rains in the next few days.

They include Ubon Ratchathani, Sisaket, Surin, Buriram, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Lopburi, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Srakaew, Chachoengsao, Chonburi, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Ranong, Phang Nga, and Phuket.

Strong and high waves are also expected in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand, it said and warned fishermen to stay on shore during the period.

Meanwhile heavy rain falls brought in by Vamco storm had caused flashflood in many provinces.

In Chumphon province, flashflood has rapid inundated Pato district, causing local homes in the area to be flooded or swept away. Large trees were also felled, landing on top of households.

However no casualties have been reported. Many roads in the district were also submerged by the floods and resident were also cut off from the outside world.

Muang Ranong district of Ranong province also faced similar situation, where heavy downpours and strong winds have caused trees to fall on top of more than 10 houses.

Meanwhile flash flood from the Benja Mountain range of Krabi province overflowed the Krabi Yai canal banks and inundated Baan Suan Prik road of Tap Prik subdistrict, making it impossible for small vehicles to commute in the area.

In Trang, more than 40 houses in Khok Lor town have their roofs blown away by the strong winds, and numerous vehicles and motorcycles were also damaged. The provincial office, in the mean time, has declared the province as disaster stricken area.

Vamco storm also caused heavy rainfall and high waves at Koh Samui, Koh Pa-ngun, and Koh Tao islands yesterday prompting many boat services to temporarily cancel their operations for the day, while the province has advised small boats to stay anchored ashore.

Meanwhile strong and high waves in Choburi province have stranded over 400 domestic and foreign visitors on the province’s Koh Lan island. Local authorities had to arrange 4 large ferries to the island to bring those stranded back on shore.

Three commercial boats were also sunken by the high waves.

Thai PBS

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