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Korat hit by severe drought
« on: June 23, 2019, 05:24:41 PM »
Korat hit by severe drought

Farmers in Prathai district of this northeastern province are suffering from severe drought as more than 200,000 rai of rice fields have seen no rain for a long period, according to local media reports.

Pakphum Ninarat, a farmer in Ban Lung Chan in tambon Huay Han Sai, said most of the rice fields in Pathai district have been without rain for several weeks despite the official arrival of the rainy season.  Farmers have resorted to pumping water from artesian wells to keep rice plants alive and growing.

If this drought continues unabated, the farmers might have to leave their crops to die and stop growing rice this year, he said.

Mr Phakphum said this year's drought was a repetition of last year when more than 80% of the rice fields were damaged by the lack of rain. The situation has become even worse this year, he added.

Most of the natural water resources in the district have dried up. Water levels in most reservoirs are low, enough for tap water production only for the next one to two months. If there's no rain soon, tap water might run dry in many localities of Prathai district, he said.

Farmers are placing their hope on help from the government, Mr Phakphum said.

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Re: Korat cattle hard hit by lack of water
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2019, 01:42:21 PM »
Korat cattle hard hit by lack of water


Drought in Nakhon Ratchasima province. (Photo by Praset Tangprasert)

It's not just rice and other crops that have fallen victim to the severe drought that has afflicted this northeastern province -- the cows and buffaloes in Non Sung district are also suffering, according to local media reports.

Farmers said that after several months with little or no rain, sources of water have dried up and fresh grass for animals has become scarce.

Sawat Yiangklang, 59, who raises cattle in tambon Lum Khao, said farmers have to take their cows and buffaloes from open fields to forage for fresh grass along road shoulders, and water at various ponds and swamps as far as four kilometres away from their villages every day.

Mr Sawat, who has 15 cows to feed, said this year's drought is the most serious in many years.

Help from the government is urgently needed, he added.

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Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2019, 04:12:47 PM »
Tap water drying up, crops withering in arid fields

Worst drought in 40 years in North, Northeast

People in the northern and northeastern regions are facing the worst drought in 40 years, with crops withering and tap water on the verge of drying up in some areas.

A Nakhon Ratchasima, a provincial waterworks official on Friday warned of a looming shortage of tap water in areas where levels in local reservoirs are dropping.

“This is the longest the rains have held off in 40 years,” said Prayat Raksachat, who operates a piped water system in Thap Kwai, a village in tambon Chiwan in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Phimai district.

“The tap water supply is currently at only 1% of capacity,” Mr Prayat said.

He was worried how the village of 500 residents would find water for daily use and consumption.

Throughout much of the Northeast, in areas without irrigation, rice crops have wilted and turned yellow, instead of the healthy green normal at this time of year, and will soon die off unless there is substantial rain.

Chaiyong Chaiburi, a farmer in tambon Chiwan, said arid weather conditions have forced him to reap all the rice plants on his 50 rai of paddy.

“I used it to feed my buffaloes,” he said. “It’s better to see the rice put to good use instead of just withering away and dying.”

In Chaiyaphum province, residents of Muang district have resorted to an ancient ritual known as hae nang maeo, or the cat procession, in a desperate attempt to appease the gods and have them dump rain on the arid areas.

By tradition the villagers throw water on cats being carried around in cages. It is believed a cat's cry will be heard by the Gods as a request for rain.

“But we know now that treating cats that way is cruelty to animals, so we use toy cats instead,” Songkhram Wonsikhai, a 75-year-old local wiseman, said.

The situation is the northern region is equally worrying.

The water level in the Mae Kuang Udom Thara Reservoir in Chiang Mai province has fallen to only 12% of its capacity  -- worse than the level seen during the drought crisis in 2015, Chensak Limpiti, director of Mae Kuang Udom Thara Reservoir, said.

Deputy Agriculture Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said the ministry will keep the farmers updated about the drought and weather conditions.

"Despite the severe conditions, we need to tell the truth to farmers. They must know whether their plants will survive or not," he said.

Thailand is not the only Asia country suffering from drought during the rainy season, Smith Thammasaroj, former chairman of the National Disaster Warning Centre, said. India, Pakistan and Myanmar face a similar situation, because the humidity from the North Pole has not come south as it normally should have,

This will mean less or even no rainfall until September, he said.     

The Meteorological Department said that the delay in the rains was partly caused by a warmer Pacific Ocean, which will decrease rainfall in the East and Central Plains, including Bangkok, by 5% until next month.

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Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2019, 08:14:34 PM »

Prayut orders army to be on alert


Severe drought in North raises concerns

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the armed forces to provide help in areas affected by drought, a situation which may be made worse by the test run of Xayaburi dam on the Mekong River in Laos.

Gen Prayut, also the defence minister, expressed "grave concern" over the situation in the North and the Northeast, assistant defence spokesman Phatchasak Patirupanon said yesterday, though the premier did not specifically point to the impact from the dam test.

Eight provinces located along the river in the two regions -- Chiang Rai, Loei, Nong Khai, Beung Kan, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen -- are likely to bear the brunt if the hydroelectric trial, which started last Monday, continues until July 29 as planned.

Much of the North and Northeast have become arid due to a lack of moist air from the North Pole and Pacific Ocean, known as the El Nino effect.

On Friday, the Office of National Water Resources wrote to the Lao government, asking it to suspend the test.

The 1,260-megawatt Xayaburi dam, located just south of Luang Prabang in Xayaburi province, is scheduled to begin churning out electricity this October, with the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) being its major power buyer.

"The armed forces have been told to look for drought-affected areas so it can provide immediate help," Col Phatchasak said, referring to Gen Prayut's order.

Relief measures include sending army water trucks to drought-stricken areas, Col Phatchasak said. The air force will also work with agriculture officials to make artificial rain near reservoirs, which continue to suffer from low water levels.

"Rain is now a past memory," Athit Phanasun, chief of a Nong Khai environmental group, said after many areas in his province have seen no rain for over a month even though it should have been a soaking wet period.

Nong Khai's Muang district on the side of the Mekong now sees its riverbank extend almost to the middle of a section of the river, following the recent rapid decrease in its water level, he said.

The Xayaburi dam test will only make things worse, Mr Athit added.

In Chiang Rai, residents are complaining over a drop of water level in the Mekong. They are also worried about the dam operations upstream in Laos.

"Water levels are even lower than they usually get during dry season," tourist boat operator On Unsaeng said.

Farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima are also suffering. Their rice crops in paddy fields covering almost 200,000 rai in Phimai district are wilting and dying as the severe drought takes a toll.

Governor Wichian Chantharanothai yesterday reported that water sources in the district are running dry.

"Unless it rains this month, the crops will be decimated," said the governor, adding water trucks had been sent to drought-hit areas to provide temporary relief.

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Korat hard hit by water shortage
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2019, 06:44:32 AM »
Korat hard hit by water shortage

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Eight districts of this northeastern province have been hit by a water shortage, prompting the governor to instruct the local administrations and district chiefs of all 32 districts in the province to draw up drought prevention and mitigation measures, according to local media reports.

Suffering especially hard from shortages of water are 21 villages in 13 tambons of Non Sung, Chakkarat, Khong, Nong Bunmak, Muang, Pak Thong Chai, Si Khiu and Sung Noen districts.

Water supplies have been brought in from elsewhere to relieve the shortages in these localities.

Governor Wichian Chantaranothai has ordered the chiefs of all 32 districts as well as local administrations to draw up relief measures and report the situation to him on a weekly basis.

The waterworks plant in Dan Khun Thot district is running out of raw water for production as water in the Chiang Krai reservoir, its main source of water, has dropped to a critical level. Permission has been sought from residents in tambon Kut Phiman to divert 500,000 cubic metres of water from the Thanon Hai Yai swamp to the plant for tap water production.

The province has set up a command centre to coordindate efforts to cope with the drought and water shortage.

A provincial announcement has urged farmers to skip second-season rice farming and resort to growing crops that consume less water, such as various kinds of bean, sesame, sunflower, sorghum and vegetables.

Local administrations have been instructed to store water from various sources for tap water production in their localities and repair unused artesian wells to draw water for household use.

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Water diverted from Korat dam to relieve shortage
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2020, 03:13:25 PM »
Water diverted from Korat dam to relieve shortage


The Lam Choeng Krai stream in tambon Lum Khao is one of numerous water sources in a total of eight tambons in Nakhon Ratchasima's Non Sung district to have dried up, prompting officials to divert water from Lam Ta Khong dam to relieve severe shortages. (Photo by Prasit Tangprasert)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Water is being diverted from the Lam Ta Khong dam in Si Khiu district to Non Sung district where all water sources have dried up, governor Wichian Chantaranothai said on Sunday.

Mr Wichian said an area covering eight tambons in Non Sung district is suffering from serious water shortages as all normal sources have dried up. To alleviate the problem, provincial authorities tried to deliver water by truck from Bung Phutsa, a reservoir in Muang district, to tambon Kho Hong and other tambons in Non Sung district..

But the authorities have been blocked by residents living around the Bung Phutsa reservoir who want to save the water for themselves, he said. They therefore arranged for water from the Lam Ta Khong dam to be diverted to the affected tambons in Non Sung district via irrigation canals. The diversion began on Saturday evening and the water is expected to reach Non Sung district on Sunday afternoon.

Aside from Non Sung district, a survey revealed that about 297 villages across the province would soon face serious water shortages, prompting the province to draw up a relief plan, Mr Wichian said. The emergency measures include dredging reservoirs and swamps, drilling more artesian wells and seeking financial support from the central government.

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Re: PM acts on overcoming drought
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2020, 02:29:37 PM »
PM acts on overcoming drought

(NNT)-The Prime Minister has ordered the authorities to give aid to those suffering because of the drought, stressing the need to take a more proactive approach.

General Prayut Chan-o-cha, was told that the drought had occurred in many areas due to the late arrival of rain. The PM’s orders range from the digging of artesian wells, identifying more water sources, and establishing water provision points.

Nhong Kao village in Yanglad district of Kalasin province is one area where residents are suffering from a limited water supply both for domestic consumption and daily activities. Groundwater Resources Regional Center 4 Khon Kaen is addressing the problem and has already dug more wells, while seeking long-term solutions. The PM stressed that the authorities must seek more proactive measures so that citizens suffer less from the ravages of annual drought

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Re: Irrigation dept bets on big rice harvest this year
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2020, 12:03:37 AM »
Irrigation dept bets on big rice harvest this year

The Royal Irrigation Department expects more rain this year and a harvest of 24 million tonnes of rice.

Deputy Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives Minister Prapat Pothasuthon said at a meeting, the Rice Policy and Management Committee reckoned that between November 2019 and April 2020, the Chao Phraya River basin would have 5.5 billion cubic metres of water, which would cover 59 per cent of the country’s water supply.

The committee then resolved to boost rice crops over the 2020-2021 period by allocating 59.88 million rai to the grain – 27.5 million rai for jasmine rice, 2.084 million rai for Pathum Thani rice, 13.48 rai for normal rice, 16.25 million rai for sticky rice and 559,000 rai for specific types of rice. All this farmland is expected to produce up to 24.65 million tonnes.

Thongplew Kongjan, director general of the irrigation department, said the Meteorological Department reckons there will be 5 per cent lower than average rain this year, compared to 11 per cent less last year.

Over the past four years, rain in Thailand has been 5 to 10 per cent less than average due to global warming, and this has become a new normal for the rainy season.

Two storms are expected to hit the country between August and October, but rain may be absent between June and July, the Meteorological Department said.

RID is working on all structures under its management and is getting rid of obstacles in water streams to ensure water preservation at full capacity.

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25 province still classified as drought-disaster zones

The Interior Ministry’s Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said 25 provinces still declared as disaster zones due to severe drought

Monton Sudprasert, the department’s director-general, said that, currently, 25 provinces still short of water within totalling 153 districts, 805 sub-districts, 5 municipalities, and 7,106 villages needs water.

Of the drought-hit provinces, seven are in the North, namely Chiang Rai, Phayao, Nan, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok and Tak; eight in the Northeast, namely Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Maha Sarakham, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram, Chaiyaphum and Si Sa Ket; nine are in the Central region and East, namely Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Kanchanaburi, Suphanburi, Chachoengsao, Prachinburi, Chanthaburi and Chonburi, while one is in the South, namely Songkhla.

The department is mobilising agencies to provide immediate relief through measures such as digging wells, pumping water, building tanks and distributing water among residents.

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Re: Korat Two years of drought suck dry famous lotus swamp
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2020, 01:13:49 PM »
Two years of drought suck dry famous lotus swamp



A lotus swamp once famous as a tourist attraction in Nakhon Ratchasima province has become barren due to the severe drought.

The swamp, in Ban Lueam district, is a part of the 3,000-rai Lahan Luk Nok Reservoir that connects both Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyapoom and takes water from Chi River to be used for agriculture.

It generated incomes for the locals who were able to sell processed food such as fish jerky, chilli paste, shrimps and fish meat to tourists who came to visit the lotus swamp.

However, this tourist attraction has been sucked dry by the drought for two years and the Chi River barely has water left to share with Lahan Luk Nok Reservoir.

All the beauty of the swamp has now gone and no one comes to visit it any longer, say locals. Residents whose jobs were dependent on visits by tourists are asking the responsible organisation to help solve this problem.

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Water still low in major Korat reservoirs - must be filling up by now nothing but downpours last 2 days - Authorities hope tropical storm Nuri will bring some relief sunday & monday - how right they were it's tipping it down here :wai


Lam Takhong reservoir in Si Khiu district is currently filled to only 28.2% of its capacity.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Water levels in five major reservoirs in this northeastern province remain at just 28% of their holding capacities, but authorities hope tropical storm Nuri will help ease the problem.

Even though the rainy season is now under way, the amount of rainfall volume flowing into some reservoirs was still very small, according to Kiarttisak Nukaew, director of Regional Irrigation Office 8.

As of Saturday, he said, the five major reservoirs — Lam Takhong, Mun Bon, Lam Sae, Lam Phra Ploeng and Lam Nang Rong — held just 182.19 million cubic metres of water, or 18.1% of their combined capacity of 1,006.9 million cu m.

In the same week last year, the five reservoirs held twice as much water, 362.65 million cu m, as they do now, he added.

On Friday, only 96,000 cu m of water flowed into the reservoirs, but 175,000 cu m per day had to be discharged, he said.

Lam Takhong in Si Khiu ditrict currently contains 88.67 million cu m, or 28.2% of its capacity. Mun Bon in Khon Buri district holds 24.42 million cu m (17.3%) and Lam Sae in the same district has 38.09 million cu m (13.85%). Lam Phra Ploeng in Pak Thong Chai district holds 13 million cu m (13%); and Lam Nang Rong in Soeng Sang district has 18.03 million cu m (14.85%).

Mr Kiarttisak said high amounts of rainfall were needed to fill up the five reservoirs.

The Meteorological Department predicts that tropical storm Nuri, which formed in the South China Sea on Friday, will bring heavy rain to Nakhon Ratchasima on Sunday and Monday.


At Mun Bon reservoir in Khon Buri district, water storage is just 17.3% of capacity.

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Re: Nakhon Ratchasima rice farmers stare at another year of drought
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2020, 04:31:42 PM »
Nakhon Ratchasima rice farmers stare at another year of drought
Drought-hit rice farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima province are once again staring at an uncertain future as rainfall in the current season is far short of the normal.

Sanit Chuamun, 47, a rice farmer in Thaluang subdistrict in Phimai district, is worried that shortage of water has started to affect his fragrant rice fields. Sanit owns 17 rai of paddy rice fields. Some of the rice shoots have started to die, he moans.

Although Thailand has entered the annual monsoon season, rains have not been as they were in the past, he said. This is the second year in succession that Phimai district, about 330 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, faces a severe drought, he said.

Reserves in the Phimai dam have also been depleting due to the scanty rain, as a result it could not deliver adequate water to the farmers.

An estimated 20,000 rai of rice fields in the area face the threat of drought.

If there are not adequate rains in the coming one or two weeks, then the rice crop could perish, Sanit said, pleading for government help.

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Re: Thailand will see more rains today
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2020, 10:57:02 AM »
Thailand will see more rains today - lets hope so or the local people here wil have a third year of no crops - hard when its there living

Rains to increase water level in dams, reservoirs, canals



Thailand will see more rains today (July 22), but these will decrease tomorrow and the day after before increasing again around the weekend, Office for National Water Resources deputy secretary-general Samrerng Saengphuwong said.

“This will help increase the level of water in rivers, canals, reservoirs and dams, especially in the upper and lower Chao Phraya basin in the Central region,” he said.

“To make the fullest use of the situation, the office has asked the Royal Irrigation Department and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand [Egat] to reduce the drainage rate of Bhumibol Dam in Tak province from today until July 28 from 5 million cubic metres to 4 million cubic metres per day to conserve water in the dam, while the rain will help fill reservoirs in the areas below the dam,” Samrerng said.

Bhumibol Dam currently holds 3.91 billion cubic metres of water, or 29 per cent of its capacity.

“Since July 15, rains have helped fill the dam by up to 10 million cubic metres and we estimated that around 4 million cubic metres will be added from July 22 to 24,” he said.

Meanwhile, Sirikit Dam in Uttaradit province holds 3.26 billion cubic metres of water, or 34 per cent of its capacity. It is estimated that from today to Thursday, rains will add around 37 million cubic metres of water to the dam.

“The office has instructed Egat to reduce the dam’s draining rate from July 22 to 26, from 14 million cubic metres to 12 million cubic metres a day to increase the amount of its water,” Samrerng said.

The flood in Phetchabun’s Lomsak district due to heavy rains on July 15 and 16 has now subsided as the water mass has flowed to Pasak Dam in Lopburi province, he added.

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Re: Korat hit by severe drought
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2020, 10:48:54 AM »
Rain forcast every day but not a drop here, again today Isolated heavy rain forecast for the Northeast bright skies here  :-[
People in the Northeast, the East and the South have been advised to beware of severe conditions.

The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is as follows:

North: Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 30 per cent of the areas; temperature lows of 24-26 degrees and highs of 32-36°C.

Northeast: Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas and isolated heavy rains; temperature lows of 24-26°C and highs of 33-36°C.

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Re: Monsoon expected to strengthen across country
« Reply #14 on: July 26, 2020, 11:18:56 AM »

Monsoon expected to strengthen across country
The weak southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea and Thailand while the easterly wave moves through the East, the lower Central and the South and the Gulf of Thailand with isolated heavy rains over those areas. People should beware of the severe conditions.

From July 27-30, the strengthening southwest monsoon will prevail across the Andaman Sea and Thailand bringing more rain to the country.

North: Cloudy with isolated thundershowers mostly in Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang, Tak, Kamphaeng Phet, Phitsanulok, Phichit and Phetchabun provinces; minimum temperature 24-26 degrees Celsius, maximum 35-38°C; southwesterly winds 10-20kph.

Northeast: Cloudy with scattered thundershowers mostly in Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Nakhon Ratchasima, Buri Ram and Surin provinces; minimum temperature 25-27°C, maximum 34-36°C; southwesterly winds 10-20kph.

Central: Cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Samut Sakhon and Samut Songkram provinces; minimum temperature 25-26°C, maximum 35-37°C; southwesterly winds 10-20kph

East: Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chon Buri, Chachoengsao, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces; minimum temperature 24-27°C, maximum 30-35°C; southwesterly winds 15-30kph; waves about a metre high and 1-2 metres in thundershower areas.

South (east coast): Cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung and Songkhla provinces; minimum temperature 23-25°C, maximum 34-35°C; southwesterly winds 10-30kph; waves less than a metre high and about a metre in thundershower areas.

South (west coast): Cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rains in Phuket, Krabi, Trang and Satun provinces: minimum temperature 24-25°C, maximum 32-34°C; southwesterly winds 15-30kph; waves about a metre and 1-2 metres in thundershower areas.

Bangkok and metropolitan areas: Very cloudy with scattered thundershowers and isolated heavy rain; minimum temperature 24-26°C., maximum temperature 33-36°C; southwesterly winds 10-20kph.

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Re: Heavy rain forecast across Thailand for next five days
« Reply #15 on: July 30, 2020, 11:45:08 PM »
Promises, promises! The Met Office has been promising rain. weve had two showers in two weeks, so bring it on. :)


Heavy rain forecast across Thailand for next five days

The Thai Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rain showers in almost every part of Thailand between July 31 and August 4.

It said the low-pressure cell over South China Sea is intensifying and is expected to develop into a tropical depression before it moves northwest to the coast of south China. This will bring heavy to very heavy rain in some places in the North, Northeast, Central, East and South of Thailand for five days from July 31 onwards.

People living in high-risk areas should be aware of severe conditions and stay tuned for weather updates, it said.

The southwest monsoon prevailing over the Andaman Sea and Gulf of Thailand will strengthen, with Andaman and the upper Gulf getting two to three-metre high waves and thundershowers. Ships have been warned to proceed with caution, while smaller boats have been advised to remain ashore.

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Re: Heavy rain forecast across Thailand for next five days
« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2020, 09:45:35 AM »
Promises, promises! The Met Office has been promising rain. weve had two showers in two weeks, so bring it on. :)


Heavy rain forecast across Thailand for next five days

The Thai Meteorological Department has forecast heavy rain showers in almost every part of Thailand between July 31 and August 4.

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and they did, last night we had a storm like i haven't seen for a long time in Thailand, a light show to say the least :o

Heavy rain forecast for most of Thailand
The weather forecast for the next 24 hours is as follows:

North: Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 40 per cent of the areas and isolated heavy rains; temperature lows of 25-27 degrees Celsius and highs of 32-38°C.

Northeast: Mostly cloudy with thundershowers in 80 per cent of the areas and isolated very heavy rains; temperature lows of 25-27°C and highs of 28-35°C.

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Tropical storm 'Sinlaku' making landfall in Vietnam today, while monsoon intensifies in Thailand


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The category-3 tropical storm “Sinlaku” over Tokin Bay is moving west at 15 kilometres per hour speed and is forecast to make landfall in Vinh, Vietnam on Sunday (2 Aug 2020).

It is expected to downgrade to tropical depression and pass over Laos.

It lies centred at about 160km east of Vinh, at latitude19.5 degrees north, longitude 106.8 degree east with maximum sustained winds of about 65kph.

Meanwhile, a strong southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf. More rain is likely over Thailand with heavy to very heavy rain in some places in the North, the Northeast, the Central, the East and South. People in risky areas should beware of the severe conditions and stay tuned in for weather updates, the Meteorological department said.

The affected areas are:

On Sunday:

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun and Tak.

Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lamphu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Bueng Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Khon Kaen, Kalasin, Maha Sarakam, Roi Et, Yasothon, Amnat Charoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Buri Ram, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chaiyaphum.

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Lop Buri, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.

East: Nakhon Nayok, Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

South: Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Phetchaburi, Prachua Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

On August 3-4:

North: Mae Hong Son, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Lampang Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Uttaradit, Phitsanulok, Sukhothai Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Tak and Phetchabun,

Northeast: Loei, Nong Bua Lam Phu, Udon Thani, Nong Khai, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen,

Nakhon Ratchasima and Buri Ram.

Central: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Lop Buri, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi.

East: Rayong, Chanthaburi and Trat.

South: Ranong, Phang Nga, Phuket, Phetchaburi, Prachua Khiri Khan, Chumphon and Surat Thani.

Strong wind waves are expected in the Andaman Sea and the upper Gulf. Waves 2-3 metres high are forecast for the Andaman Sea, about 2 metres in the Gulf of Thailand and above 3 metres high in thundershower areas. All ships have been advised to proceed with caution and keep away from thundershowers. Small boats should keep ashore until August 4.

The category 3 tropical storm “Hagupit” over the East of Taiwan is forecast to make landfall in Taiwan and China on August 3-4. Hagupit has no significant impact on Thailand, the department said.

The department will update its advisory at 11am.

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