With typhoon Wutip rapidly heading for a downgrade to a low-pressure ridge yesterday, some Thais heaved a sigh of relief but many remained on the lookout for another coming storm.
Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC), yesterday confirmed that Wutip's threat had diminished.
"The severity of Wutip is less than initially expected," he said.
But he added that Wutip would still cause heavy rain in some provinces.
Still at risk of possible natural disasters were Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Kalasin, Nong Khai, Beung Kan, Sakon Nakhon, Udon Thani, Nong Bua Lamphu, Loei, Khon Kaen, Chaiyaphum, Phitsanulok and Phetchabun.
Floodwaters in Chaiyaphum have reached between 50 and 70 centimetres since the arrival of Wutip.
"We are now facing the worst floods in half a century," Poj Piromkij said on behalf of more than 200 families in Tambon Talad Laeng in Chaiyaphum's Ban Khwao district.
All three main roads to the local villages had been under floodwater several metres deep for two weeks, he said.
"And now Wutip comes with more downpours," Poj said.
He said the torrents of floodwater were so strong that boats without engines could hardly move.