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Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Khon Kaen, Mahasarakham warned to keep floodwatch

BANGKOK, Oct 29 -- Thailand's national Flood Coordination Centre has warned the northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Khon Kaen and Mahasarakham to be on high alert regarding the flood situation as water levels could increase significantly next week (Nov 2-8), while metropolitan Bangkok must remain vigilant due to high tide forecast for Nov 6-11, according to Flood Centre chairman Apirak Kosayodhin, an advisor to the prime minister.

Mr Apirak, a former Bangkok governor, said that the floods had so far impacted 244 districts in 27 provinces affecting 1.2 million households and about 3.7 million people nationwide.

The Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand reported Friday that the death toll rose to 94 persons, including 78 men and 16 women in almost three weeks of flooding.

Mr Apirak said Ubon Ratchathani, Surin, Khon Kaen and Mahasarakham must remain alert as rising water from the Chee and Moon rivers will converge in those provinces November 2-10.

Provinces in central region could face a new round of high tide during Nov 6-11 as the peak tide will take place Nov 8, he said, warning Bangkok and Samut Prakan residents to brace for higher water levels in the Chao Phraya River.

Meanwhile the southern region will face heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday with possible flash floods and mud slides in Yala and Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Mr Apirak said the Flood Centre and the Committee to Oversee and Follow Up Flood Relief urged provincial and local agencies to warn the areas that are at risk of more flooding to be prepared and to seek measures to prevent higher waters from flooding their areas.

The Ministry of Public Health and related agencies were also requested to provide advice and help the flood victims, he said.

The Meteorological Department warned of heavy rain in the south and strong winds and waves in the Gulf of Thailand.

The weather department said in its latest advisory statement issued on Friday afternoon that from today through Sunday a ridge of intense high pressure from China over upper Thailand has made for a stronger northeast monsoon. The monsoon trough across the Andaman Sea, the south and the Gulf of Thailand brings more rain and heavy rain much of the south with stronger wind and wave in the Gulf.

It warned people in at risk areas near waterways and in lowlands should beware of severe weather and possible flash flood. The likely threatened areas include Prachuap Khiri Khan, Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Ranong, Phang-nga Trang and Satun.

Ships at sea should proceed with caution, and small boats should remain ashore during this period.

Cooler weather with 2-3 degrees Celsius temperature drops is likely in the north, northeast, central and east.

Meanwhile, from Monday through Wednesday (Nov 1-3), a low cell over the Andaman Sea will strengthen and move to the Gulf and the middle south of Thailand. More rain and continuous heavy rainfalls are expected.

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