Right on the tail of a powerful storm that left at least six dead in its wake, the Thai northeast will have little time for recovery as another storm sweeps in today from the South China Sea.
A pre-dawn weather warning forecast heavy rains across the kingdom with the worst effects concentrated in the northeast. Though Tropical Storm Kajiki is expected to swing north and pass over southern China rather than directly hit Thailand, people have been advised to prepare for flash flooding now through Thursday.
The storm may cause repeat flooding in the north and northeast region, and water discharge from the nation’s network of dams has been lowered in response. With drought anxieties running high this year, irrigation officials noted that recent days has seen about 3,500 trillion cubic meters of water drop into 38 dams, which will be saved for next year.
Responding agencies have been ordered to prepare for the storm, especially following the devastating effects of Podul, which this past weekend caused widespread flooding and forced thousands of residents to evacuate their inundated homes.
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