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Wet Start to Week as Conson Brings Rain Across Thailand Monday

A tropical storm that pounded the Philippines and Vietnam will bring heavy rain across Thailand as the week begins.

Now a tropical depression, Conson’s effects will be felt throughout Monday and into Tuesday, according to the Thailand Meteorological Department.

Some areas have already been facing the effects of the depression, including villages and croplands in Phetchabun and Phitsanulok provinces, both of which have been hit by flash floods.

Officers from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation had to rush in to move residents to higher ground and provide food, water, and basic commodities.

The National Water Command has issued a warning about areas at risk of landslides, flash floods, landfalls, and the overflow of water from dams. Authorities responsible for managing reservoirs must maintain the level of water at below 80 percent of capacity at all times, to prepare for the huge quantity of rainfall expected.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Satruday inspected the water situation in the lower Chao Praya River in Samut Prakan Province.

The PM and related authorities discussed water irrigation, and solutions to the floods that may be caused by rainfall brought by the Conson depression.

Meanwhile, Samut Prakan province has been affected by continuous heavy rainfall, together with sea water in the region, rising up into the rivers, resulting in slow drainage of floodwaters. Flooding has occurred in four districts of Samut Prakan Province, namely Mueang District, Bang Phli District, Bang Bo District and Bang Sao Thong District, with government agencies in the province, along with the army, rushing to expedite drainage to alleviate the suffering of people in flooded areas.