Businesses in Thailand’s southwestern Petchaburi province blocked doors with sandbags and bricks against possible flooding today as heavy rains threatened to cause a dam to overflow.

Rain storms are forecast through coming days, and the head of Thailand’s military government warned that evacuation plans might need to be set in place.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha told newsmen, as he prepared to visit the province, that many areas might need to have an evacuation plan in place.

It would be recalled that, Thailand suffered its worst floods in half a century in 2011 which resulted to the deaths of more than 900 people, crippled industry and dented economic growth.

Officials in Petchaburi said they were confident that water levels at the Kaeng Krachan dam and any water run-off could be managed.

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