More Rain Ahead, Storm Gathers Strength

The Meteorological Department warned of more rainy days ahead on Monday as it upgraded the power of a new storm moving towards mainland China.

 

Flooding in Muang district of Khon Kaen on Monday morning after heavy overnight  rain. (Photo by Chakrapan Nathanri)

The weather agency issued a warning on Sunday for rain and possible downpours continuing until Tuesday from the new storm. from the new storm.

On Monday, the department upgraded it from a depression to a tropical storm and said the rain will linger on until Wednesday.

Rain is forecast for throughout the northern region on Monday and Tuesday, and to continue in the northeastern provinces into Wednesday.

Meteorological Department director-general Phuwieng Prakhammintara also warned of flash floods and runoff in areas pounded by heavy rain. (continues below)

Khon Kaen is one of the hardest hit provinces to date, with widespread flooding, although storm Podul has now passed beyond Thailand – only to be replaced by a new storm threat.

Ban Phai District was ravaged by a flash flooding on the weekend, with some areas under water up to  three metres deep. Vehicles were submerged and people sought safety on the top floors of their homes. Many were evacuated to refuges on dry ground.

Muang district of Khon Kaen was deluged by rain overnight. Flooded roads on Monday morning caused traffic congestion.

Runoff from the Phetchabun mountain range flooded Wang Thong district of Phitsanulok and Lom Sak district in Phetchabun.

The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported almost 40,000 households in 26 provinces were affected by the heavy rain. Rescuers moved 220 people in Ban Phai district of Khon Kaen and 51 residents of Na Noi district in Nan to higher ground.

(Source: – Bangkok Post)

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