Tropical Storm Noru hit northeast Thailand yesterday, causing heavy rainfall, strong winds, and flash flooding in several provinces.

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A tree fell onto a car in Srisaket, killing one man and injuring two more people.

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Over 4,000 people have been evacuated from Ubon Ratchathani province. Flights were diverted away from Ubon Ratchathani Airport yesterday after the flooded runway.

Khon Kaen Airport asks passengers to arrive three to four hours before flying.

According to the Meteorological Department, Noru is expected to cause heavy rainfall and windy conditions in 60 provinces of Thailand today.

Between October last year and August, 17.5 million passengers passed through Suvarnabhumi Airport, a 203.76% increase compared with the previous fiscal year.

AOT plans to implement a phase two development plan to accommodate up to 60 million passengers annually at Suvarnabhumi Airport. The current maximum capacity is around 45 million per year.

The number of cases of major depressive disorders (MDD) is rising in Thailand, and the country’s Mental Health Department is looking to push for the inclusion of psychiatric drugs on Thailand’s list of essential medicines.

The director-general, Dr Amporn Benjaponpitak, said the department is proactive in working with its network to screen people at risk of MDD.