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Udon Thani alert for Haitang
« on: September 27, 2011, 12:28:08 PM »
Udon Thani alert for Haitang
Local authorities in northeastern Udon Thani province are on full alert for fresh flooding as tropical storm Haitang bears down on Thailand.

Jeerasak Khamronthitisorn, chief of Muang district, said parts of Udon Thani province might be hit by heavy downpours triggered to tropical storm Haitang, which is now to the Northeast. He has already told local residents to brace for a possible third round of flooding. All relevant agencies have also been on full alert to cope with the flooding.

At present, flood waters in  Muang district were receding, said the district chief. All roads, but one leading to tambon Khamin and tambon Nakha, are passable to vehicles.

The flood situation in Muang district was expected to return to normal in the next 2-3 days if there was no more rain, he said.

There were reports that Phibun Rak, Sang Khom and Ban Dung districts remain inundated as water from Huay Luang creek could not be drained quickly to the Mekong River due to the rising water level at the river. Several reservoirs also released water, causing many areas to be flooded.

Prapan Kanthong, chief of the provincial irrigation office, said several reservoirs continued discharging water to the Mekong River to keep it at safety levels.  Now, all agencies have been closely monitoring tropical storm Haitang, he said.

Tropical storm Haitang, was centred about 310 kilometres east of Da-nang  in Vietnam this evening, and is expected to ,make landfall over Da-nang tonight and to then head to neighbouring Laos and northeastern Thailand, the meteorological department said on Monday. .

The department warned people along foothills, near waterways and lowland in the lower portion of the northeast,  east, and the southwest-coast of Thailand to prepare for floods.

Bangkok Post