Flood warnings and alerts issued as Tropical Storm Lionrock reaches mainland South East Asia

Date: 2021-10-08 05:08:27

Thai authorities are warning of possible flash floods and higher water levels as tropical storm Lionrock is due to hit Thailand this coming weekend, authorities said on Friday.

The Meteorological Department of Thailand (TMD) said heavy rain could cause moderate to severe floodings in several areas of the country including the North East, the East, and the South starting on Friday.

“Provinces on alert include Surat Thani, Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, Krabi, Trang, Satun, Chum Phon, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi, Chanthaburi, Trat, Phetchaburi, and Prachuap Khiri Khan,” Tanik Chokkuea, a TMD official, told Thai Enquirer.

The depression, which began in the South China Sea, has intensified into a tropical storm and is expected to hit Thailand and upper Vietnam on October 10 and 11.

Lionrock is the 16th named storm of the Pacific Cyclone Season. The total amount of damaged caused by tropical storms in 2021 is estimated at over $2 billion US Dollars.

Scientists expect more severe weather events to happen around the world due to increasing temperatures due to climate change.

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