Disaster Prevention and Mitigation officials are warning people in 11 provinces in the South to brace against heavy raining expected in the latter part of this week.

Chatchai Phromloet, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, quoted the weather bureau's forecast for increased precipitation resulting from the arrival of a monsoon over the Gulf of Thailand and the southern region. The provinces to experience increased rainfall comprise Chumphon, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Satun, Krabit and Trang. Mr. Chatchai said officials from his department have been told to prepare to respond to floods and landslides. Officials have been put on 24-hour watches in the provinces, and spots with a history of experiencing the adverse consequences of heavy rain were receiving on-site monitoring by officials.

Interior Minister Charuphong Rueangsuwan on Monday indicated district chief officers and other heads of state offices responsible for assisting disaster-struck people were told to provide aid to affected members of the public to their best extent, while the Ministry of Interior would ensure that any budget disbursement for assisting those people would be speedily approved.

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