Thailand braces for heavy rains from Tropical Depression Gaemi

08 October 2012 04:57  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Thailand is bracing for heavy rains brought on by Tropical Depression Gaemi over the next two days, the Thai Meteorological Department said on Monday.

Heavy downpour is expected in the Thai capital of Bangkok, as well as in Rayong province, where the country’s petrochemical hub of Map Ta Phut is located.

Thai petrochemical majors PTT Global Chemical and Siam Cement Group have plants in Map Ta Phut. Both companies could not be immediately reached for comment.

Early on Monday, the Thai meteorological agency downgraded Gaemi into an active low pressure system from a tropical depression, but added that torrential rains and isolated heavy rains are likely to occur in the eastern, the central and the upper southern areas of the country.

The agency warned of “severe weather condition” in one to two days.

The areas affected include Sa Kaeo, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Chachoengsao, Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Bangkok and its vicinity, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Phatom, Suphanburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Songkham, Kanchanaburi, Ratchaburi and Phetchaburi, the deparment said.

“The wind waves in the upper Gulf and the Andaman Sea are expected about two meters high. All ships should proceed with caution during one to two days,” it added.

By: Nurluqman Suratman

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