Source: Vientiane Times
An active low-pressure cell in the mid-South China Sea is likely to form into a tropical cyclone and move into southern Laos from October 9-11, according to weather forecasters.
Isolated heavy to very heavy rains with strong winds are possible for the central and the southern provinces.
The weather alert was issued on Monday by the Meteorology and Hydrology Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, to warn people in at-risk areas to be prepared for more heavy rain and possible flooding.
Everyone is advised to listen to weather forecasts issued by the department and take the necessary appropriate action.
From now until October 11, weather forecasters are warning of heavy to very heavy rains with strong winds in the capital and the provinces of Borikhamxay, Khammuan and Savannakhet.
Villagers living along the nation’s main rivers have been warned to be alert for rising water levels, with people in low-lying areas advised to prepare for floods.
The Mekong, Nam Ou, Nam Ngum, Nam Xan, Nam Ngieb, Nam Kading, Xe Bangfai, Xe Champhon, Xe Kong and Xe Don rivers are currently well below the official warning level, according to the Meteorology and Hydrology Department.
Thailand has also issued a weather warning for thunderstorms from October 7-9 and is advising the public in vulnerable areas to expect severe conditions. All ships in the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand should proceed with caution and avoid storms. Small boats should remain moored from October 7-11.
The Meteorological Department of Thailand website (www.tmd.go.th) said the active low-pressure cell in the middle of the South China Sea was likely to form into a depression on October 6. It is expected to hit southern Vietnam by October 7, and the storm will move west into the upper Gulf of Thailand by October 8.
From October 7-9, isolated heavy to very heavy rains will be possible for the lower northeast, east, central and south regions of the neighbouring country.
In addition, the southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea, southern Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand will intensify from October 6-9, bringing more rain in the south with the public to prepare for possible natural disasters.
Last month, Storm Noul hit southern Laos, including the provinces of Champassak, Saravan and Xekong.
Main roads were flooded causing problems for traffic, while livestock was moved to higher ground ahead of the storm. The rain also inundated rice fields and other croplands and damaged resident’s property.