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Bangkok (VNA) – Shops in Thailand’s southwestern province of Phetchaburi on August 7 blocked doors with sandbags and bricks to brace for flooding over fears that a dam in the area could overflow.

Local media also show residents in Phetchaburi, 168km from Bangkok, laying bricks outside shops and buffering entrances to banks with sandbags.

Thailand is in the middle of its rainy season which often sees downpours. The Meteorological Department said more downpours are expected between August 7-9.

Officials said they are confident that water levels at the Kaeng Krachan Dam and any water run-off can be managed.

Four districts could be affected, said Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda, adding that local authorities are preparing sandbags and water pumps.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is due to visit Phetchaburi on August 8.

Thailand suffered its worst floods in half a century in 2011. The floods killed more than 900 people as well as affected production and economic growth of the country.-VNA