Disaster recovery efforts are currently ongoing in Thailand's southern provinces of Surat Thani and Yala as of Tuesday, May 1, following recent heavy rains and strong winds. Homes and businesses in several districts have been damaged by the storms, including in the districts of Pun Pin and Pak Panang (Surat Thani). In the Pak Panang district, electrical poles were downed by strong winds, leaving a large part of the area without power. Authorities reported that trees were also downed in Yala province, blocking roads and damaging vehicles in the Raman district. Emergency responders and the military have been mobilized to assess damages and provide assistance in areas severely affected by the storms. Additional rain is forecast in the southern provinces through Wednesday, May 2, which could cause further damages and possible flooding.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, confirm travel reservations, and remain vigilant when driving in hazardous conditions.
In the event of flooding, remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.
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