South Thailand provinces swamped by heavy rainfall and floods
Serious storms and rainfall in the southern provinces of Thailand have left large swathes of land flooded. Local authorities in Satun have reported floodwaters are up to 30 metres in depth and sandbag barriers have been put up to keep residential and business zones dry.
Thailand’s National Meteorological Department says other affected provinces are Songkhla, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, Krabi, Suratthani, Phuket, Phang Nga and Ranong. The department notes the worst is not over and more wind and rain storms are expected over the next few days.
The news bulletin warned the skippers of small boats and fishing trawlers that the weather could turn bad in an instant and they needed to be prepared. Over on Phuket, the local lifeguards’ association explained that red flags on beaches really did mean no swimming and should not be ignored.
12GO ASIA says the annual rainy season is drawing to a close and within a month this part of Thailand should be basking in endless sunshine once again. Holidaymakers making local travel reservations for the forthcoming high season will find 12GO ASIA offers the best, the cheapest and the most varied choices.
A director with the Cambodian Interior Ministry has confirmed new rules apply to foreigners applying for long-stay visas. Sok Veasna told the Phnom Penh Post earlier this month that people who apply for long-term business visas would now have to show work permits.
Thailand’s Meteorological Department has issued a bulletin stating that the current heavy rainfall is expected to last until the weekend. The department’s seven-day forecast issued late Monday stated that scattered but heavy rainstorms are expected to lash all regions of the country until Friday.
People living along the upper regions of Vietnam’s long eastern seaboard were bracing themselves for the arrival of Typhoon Khanun yesterday. Meteorologists said the Category 1 typhoon would likely make landfall in North Vietnam late yesterday or today.