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Thai troops deploy to south to lend flood assistance

01-05-2012 16:28 BJT

BANGKOK, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Troops across the country will be send into flood-hit southern provinces if the crisis proves too much for the Fourth Army Region to handle, the Bangkok Post reported on Thursday.

Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha said tens of thousands of soldiers from other regions will be sent very soon to assist in flood rescue and relief operations if the situation worsens.

Thailand is now facing a new round of flash flood, caused by heavy rain, in its lower southern region after the upper part of the country has been recovering from the worst-flood crisis in almost 50 years.

He said the Fourth Army Region, which oversees the South, has set up a flood relief centre and help building makeshift for evacuees.

"The flood looks scary but the Fourth Army commanders assure us the situation is still under control," Bangkok Post quoted the Army Chief as saying.

Gen Prayuth said his prime concern is the persistent rain which would cause mountain runoff, increases the risk of mudslides and slow flood drainage to the sea.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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