Storm Kompasu to deliver more rain

Tropical Storm Kompasu will make landfall in upper Vietnam on Wednesday or Thursday while bringing heavy rain to the Northeast, the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) warned on Tuesday.

The wind speed of the storm was recorded at a high of 100km per hour at its centre and it was yesterday seen moving from the upper South China Sea to the west. It was expected to pass Hainan Island and then hit upper Vietnam, and later weaken.

Heavy rain is expected in Mukdahan, Nakhon Phanom, Sakon Nakhon and Bueng Kan provinces in Thailand as the storm crosses Vietnam.

The department said the strong southwestern monsoon over the Andaman Sea, the South and the Gulf of Thailand would also bring heavy rain to some parts of the lower North, the lower Northeast, the Central Plains, the East and the western coast of the South.

Between Oct 12 and 16, more rain is expected to occur in some areas as a cold air mass from China extends to the North and the upper Northeast. Rainfall will decrease after this Sunday.

Meanwhile Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang provided an update on the water situation in the capital, saying a water station in Ayutthaya's Bang Sai district measured water flow at 2,817 m³/s while the amount of water around Bangkok's Pak Khlong Talat flower market remains lower than the floodwall at 0.95m. The water level at Klong Song, Saen Saep and Lat Krabang floodgates located in the east of Bangkok still remains normal.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) has released further details on the country's recent flooding that was influenced by Tropical Depression Dianmu, from Sept 23 to Oct 7. It caused flooding in 1,189 tambons in 224 districts of 33 provinces, affecting 331,440 households and killing 14 people.

So far, the water situations in 19 provinces from 33 have reportedly improved, the department said.

In Lampang, Ban Hua Thung Phatthana village in tambon Sop Prap was yesterday submerged by forest runoff for the third time this year.

A source said that heavy rain had caused runoff from mountains to flow along a stream before flooding the village and a road.

Due to consecutive days of rain, the runoff had been flowing from Monday night to early morning yesterday. In the case of more rain, rescuers have been deployed to the area to help local villagers evacuate.


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