A motorist rides a scooter along a flooded road after heavy rain in Bangkok on March 9, 2021. Jack TAYLOR / AFP
People living in Thailand’s eastern, lower central, and upper southern regions are advised to brace for heavy rain next Friday and Saturday when an atmospheric depression is expected to make landfall near Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City next Thursday.
According to Team Group, who are water resource experts, a low-pressure system is forming over the western part of the Philippines and is likely to develop into a depression, probably to be named Malou, which may be the 20th storm in this part of the world this year.
Team Group said, via the Facebook page of Chawalit Chantararat, CEO of Consulting Engineering and Management, that it is closely monitoring the low-pressure system.
The storm will cause heavy rain when it hits Ho Chi Minh City. Cambodia will also see heavy rain on October 28th and 29th and Thailand on October 29th and 30th.
Thai provinces are expected to face heavy rain include Saraburi, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Saraburi, Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan, Samut Sakhon, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, and Phetchaburi.
Moderate rain is forecast for the north-eastern, lower central, and southern regions.
Team Group also recommended that irrigation officials increase discharges from swollen reservoirs, such as Lam Phra Ploeng, Moon Bon, Lam Sae, Lam Nang Rong, Lam Takong, Pasak Jolasid, Kra Sieu, Khun Dan Prakarn Chon, Nong Pla Lai, Prasae, Kaeng Krachan, and Pran Buri, to increase capacity to receive more water from the predicted heavy rainfall.