THAILAND is gearing up for the impact of the powerful tropical cyclone Amphan currently moving through the Bay of Bengal towards India and Bangladesh as it is expected to bring heavy rainfall in some areas of the country, particularly the West and the South
This tropical cyclone has strengthened with winds topping 260 kph (or 160 mph) which is equivalent to a super typhoon or a category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Landfall is around the Ganges River Delta and life threatening to millions in northeast India and Bangladesh, CNN reported today (19.9.2020)
The Thai Meteorological Department issued a warning this morning that with Amphan moving over the middle the Bay of Bengal and forecast to reach upper Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh during May 20-21, there will be strong southwesterly monsoon over the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand during May 18 – 21.
The winds and waves in the Andaman Sea will strengthen, reaching about 2 metres high and above 2 metres in thundershower areas.
This will lead to more rain over Thailand with isolated heavy falls, especially in the West. People in the North, the western coast and northern area of the South were warned to be careful as there will be heavy falls, Sanook.com reported..
However this strong southwesterly monsoon will weaken during May 22 – 24. Upper Thailand will have decreased rain during this period but the South will continue have rainfall with isolated heavy showers.
Meanwhile Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan ordered officials, the military and police in all areas to get ready to cope with heavy rainfall and strong waves brought on by this tropical cyclone with all regions to be impacted but particularly the West and the South, INN News reported.
Lt-General Kongcheep Tantrawanit, the Deputy Prime Minister’s spokesman, said Gen Prawit told provincial administrations to coordinate and work with volunteers and the people in their area in preparing preventive measures and give full assistance in a timely manner.
However he also urged officials that they should carefully help out and not neglect public health measures on preventing the spread of coronavirus infection.
On May 18 at 3:40 a.m. EST (0740 UTC), NASA’s Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Amphan, located in the Northern Indian Ocean. Aqua found highest concentrations of water vapor (brown) and coldest cloud top temperatures were around the clear eye. Credits: NASA/NRL