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07 October 2012 :: 15:10:23 pm 67251

Chonburi Braces for Big Storm Approaching

The tropical depression “Gaemi” is moving downward from Cambodia and is expected to create sporadic but intense rain and winds and possible flooding between Oct. 5-8 as it moves through Thailand toward the Chonburi area. Watercraft warnings due to stormy seas have been issued.
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CHONBURI – October 6, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]: The public should take precautions and be aware of an approaching storm, said Chonburi Provincial Governor Mr. Komsan Aekkachai.

The governor revealed that he has prepared to handle for flooding and has informed people who live in the lower areas and near the sea shore to be aware of the dangers and prepare to protect themselves from natural disaster during the October 5-8 warning period.

People should guard against flooding by elevating their valuable assets such as electronic appliances to higher locations, and to beware the danger of electricity leakages and short circuits from water damage. Also, beware of poisonous insects and animals escaping the rising waters.

The governor also warned people to beware of flash floods from the forest water, as well as mudslides from collapsing wet soil near mountain slopes.

People should monitor warning announcement closely, and be alert for unusual signals in nature, such as the water in the creek changing its color into muddy brown, or the forest animals stampeding, or any loud noise from the forest that signals a flash flood is rushing down water channels. If people notice any of the warning signs, they should evacuate from the area immediately.

People can get updated information on latest weather forecasts from the website www.waterforthai.com

More information on possible flash flooding from forest water, and also mudslides, or to ask for assistance in the Chonburi province can be obtained by calling the telephone number 038-272814-5, or the hotline 1784, which is open 24 hours.

The telephone numbers are linked to the base of operations of the center for protection and relief from natural disaster.

Sattahip sheriff Mr. Pawat Lertmookda said he has already informed Kamnan, the village chief, about the movement of Gaemi storm and to inform people to prepare themselves for the approaching storm.

They also issued warnings to the fishermen with big fishing boats at Tambon Samaesarn, Tambon Bang Sarey, Tambon Na Jomtien and Tambon Sattahip. The fishermen are advised to bring their boats to park at the shore to hide from the high winds and sea waves to protect against damages, and they should not be careless or complacent about this event.

Mr. Pisut Amornyuth, the Director of the Office of the Harbor Port at Chonburi province, said that in order for fishermen to keep their fishing boat safe, the fishermen should be checking their navigation and emergency equipment on their boats, as well as their lifeboats and safety equipment like lifejackets to be ready to use at any time, and to continually monitor updates of weather news from the Meteorological Department.

For passenger boats traveling between Koh Loy port in Amphur Sriracha and Koh Seechang port in Amphur Koh Seechang, the port director would like the owners of the boats to command the boat driver to drive carefully. However, if the seas become stormy with severe waves, and the ship’s pilot until cannot continue to safely navigate the boat, the pilot should dock the boat in a safe place to escape the storm.

Warnings were also issued by the Navy from the Center of Relief for Natural Disaster, Navy section 1. Making the announcement was Vice Admiral Roonsak Serisawat, Commander, Navy section 1 and the Director of the Center to Relief for Natural Disaster, Navy section 1, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province.

He said that Admiral Surasak Roonrerngrom, is worried about Gaemi storm that is moving into Thailand within the next few hours. So he has already prepared to handle the situation by arranging rapid deployment forces of Thai Royal Fleet, the command unit of Marine Corps, Sattahip naval base; together with the trucks and rubber rescue boats that have been readied to respond to requests for assistance from Chonburi province.

Emergency accomodations for local residents escaping from floods have been also prepared, said navy Rear Admiral Noppadol Suphakorn, the commissioner of the unit of antiaircraft for protecting the sea shore.

There will be beds for displaced residents to sleep in, and facilities for cooking, as well as doctors, nurses, and sailors to take care of residents. The emergency shelter is being arranged by the antiaircraft department section 2, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province.

For Rayong province

Mr. Vichit Chartpaisit, Rayong Provincial Governor said that warnings have been issued to every province in the eastern part to prepare to handle the Gaemi storm. He also informed the sheriff of every Amphur, and the administration of local government offices in Rayong, and also instructed officials to bring news from government units to inform all the Kamnan, the village chiefs, to inform their people too.

He also let each area to prepare the equipment to assist people. He also advises people who live in high-risk areas vulnerable to storm damage to evacuate to stay with the relatives’ or friends’ homes until the situation returns to normal. He reported that the big, medium and small fishing boats have already been parked in the safe canals.

Mr. Suraphol Tiensuwan, Klaeng sheriff, Rayong province, reported there is heavy raining already in the area of Amphur Klaeng, and he already informed the Kamnan village chief and volunteers to make warning announcements to the people in high-risk areas, especially in the seashore communities. The officers of Amphur Klaeng have already prepared the emergency trucks, boats, and equipment to assist people and are 24-hour standby alert.

Rayong residents do not need to worry about the Prasae water reservoir overflowing from the storm, said Mr. Chettha Ditsayamal, the Director of Water Project . He said that the Prasae reservoir can contain 248 million cubic meters comfortably, and if there is continuous raining, the reservoir has a maximum capacity of 322 million cubic meters.

Presently, there is is 259 million cubic meters of water in the reservoir, which is 105 percent over normal levels, and measuring at a higher level of water than the normal water level of 26 cm. But the reservoir still can accept more water by releasing water from the reservoir at the rate of 4.54 million cubic meters per day.

The Prasae River can accommodate water up to 8 million cubic meters daily that flows to the end of dam that can hold 7.78 million cubic meters — so there is no need to worry about Prasae reservoir overflowing if there is a rainstorm, he said.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Internet   Category : Announcement News

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