Heavy floods hit Thai capital

Bangkok, Oct 3 (IANS) Heavy rain continued in in this Thai capital on Saturday, causing severe flooding at 11 locations, while 32 provinces across the country are on full alert for heavy rain, possible flash floods, forest runoffs and landslides.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s flood prevention centre reported that the water level 11 flooded areas in the capital was about 15-20 cm high, The Bangkok Post reported.

BMA workers are continuing to drain floodwater from the affected areas.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Chatchai Promlert said that the department has coordinated with the 32 provinces to put in place measures to deal with heavy downpours triggered by tropical storm Mujigae.

Rapid deployment teams and necessary equipment are on standby to help affected residents, he added.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department said Mujigae, which was over the South China Sea, was moving west-northwest at a speed of 18 km per hour.

Thailand will be affected by the storm from Sunday to Tuesday, the department added.

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