The coastal city of Pattaya has made the necessary preparations to deal with the floods from Typhoon NORU this week
The city of Pattaya is bracing itself for the aftermath of Super Typhoon Noru, meanwhile, the city authorities know they had made the necessary preparations to deal with the inevitable flooding.
Typhoon Noru is moving from the centre of the South China Sea to the centre of Vietnam today, the Thai Meteorological Institute had forecast earlier this week. It is now expected to move into northeast Vietnam tomorrow before weakening into a tropical storm and depression.
Along with the strengthening southwest monsoon moving across the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand, Noru will bring heavy to very heavy rain and gusts in the north, northeast, middle east and south from today through Saturday.
The institute also predicted that through Saturday the waves in the Andaman Sea could reach heights of 2 to 3 meters and in the upper Gulf of Thailand, even higher if they are caused by thunderstorms.
Pattaya Mayor Poramet Ngampichet said he has instructed city officials to closely monitor the weather situation in the region.
However, he acknowledged that Pattaya could flood if more than 70 millimetres of rain fell for several hours. City officials began checking all pumps in the city on Monday.
Local emergency services can be called on 064 642 6488 or call centre hotline 1337. Other city workers are deployed in the usual flood areas to keep traffic flowing and repair disruptions.
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