Flooding was reported in Nakhon Ratchasima, Suphan Buri, and Chumphon provinces on Tuesday, November 10, after heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks. More than 20 houses and paddy fields in two communities of Nakhon Ratchasima's Phimai district were flooded as the Phimai dam released water downstream and similar scenes were witnessed in the other provinces.
Further rain was forecast through Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11, in lower Northeastern and Eastern Thailand associated with the presence of Tropical Storm Etau, which made landfall over southern Vietnam on Tuesday. The rain is likely to cause further flooding and associated disruptions to businesses and transport are possible in affected areas over the coming days.
Powerful storm systems are common during the typhoon season from June to November, and are known to particularly affect the North and Central regions. However, a number have also made landfall in the south in recent years due to changes to storms' common paths in the South China Sea. The monsoon season, which typically runs from May to September in the northern and southern regions as well as between October and April in the central region, also brings annual heavy downpours.
It should be noted that sustained torrential rain can trigger life-threatening floods and landslides in low-lying and hilly communities. Storm surge is also a threat in coastal communities, especially upon the arrival of a storm. Inclement weather can result in disruption to travel, telecommunications, public utilities, commercial activities, and government services.
Those in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities, including evacuation orders. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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