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Officials worried about Drought and Flash Floods



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CHIANGRAI TIMES – The Department of Catastrophe Prevention & Mitigation (DDPM) is not worried about the drought issue Thailand has been facing. In lieu, it is more worried about the possibilities of flash floods in some areas.

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong said that it’s been about a month since the drought situation has hit Thailand.

Mr. Viboon said that six provinces, including Khon Kaen, Chiang Rai, Nakhon Phanom, Petchaburi, Yasothon & Si Sa Ket are the hardest-hit areas, with over 100,000 farmers suffering the annual catastrophe.

So far, over 25,000 villages in 42 provinces have officially been declared drought-hit areas.

However, they has assured that all involved state & private agencies have been lending all necessary help to those in require, as the government has called for .

The DDPM Chief is positive that the situation will improve soon. They said that the arrival of the cold weather front from China is hitting the hot air mass in Thailand, & rain is now forecast in plenty of parts of the country.

However, Mr. Viboon said that all DDPM offices have been instructed to closely monitor weather updates from the Meteorological Department & to watch out for feasible flash floodwater after over 5,000 people in Krabi were affected by heavy rain & floodwater from the mountain.

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