Nearly 13cm of rain has fallen in a 24 hour period on 4th July 2013 in the Phang-Nga province in southern Thailand. Particularly badly affected was the Takua Pa district. Other areas of southern Thailand have also seen heavy rainfall. Floods and landslides have followed and one person has been killed in Phang-Nga with many houses and buildings damaged.
The South West monsoon over the Thai Andaman coast and the Gulf of Thailand is partly responsible for the heavy rains and strong winds. However the Thai Meteorological Department have also been concerned that tropical storm Rumbia, which hit landfall in southern China on 1st July, may also have brought further more rains to Thailand’s west coast, especially in Ranong and Phang-Nga provinces.
The Southwest monsoon is currently moving at the speed of 20-30 km per hour over the Andaman sea, where the wave two meters high is expected. All ships have been advised proceed with extra caution and locals should watch out for landslides and flash floods.
Bangkok Flood Defences
Meanwhile in Bangkok, the Governor M.R. Sukhumband Boripartra is facing a struggle to push through flood defence plans for the city. After the terrible floods in Bangkok of 2011, a 4 year plan was developed to improve flood defences and prevention for the city. The plans, developed by the Bangkok Metropolitan Area (BMA) Government and the Department of Drainage and Sewerage include dredging canals, improving water pumping stations and introducing sluice gates. Overall the cost of the programme is estimated to be 23 billion baht. However, the governor said the Thai national government has yet to consider allocating the money for the implementation, adding that the BMA might consider taking out a loan to get the plan off the ground if the budget does not get a the go ahead.