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At least 123 people killed in Thailand's floods, mudslides since July

09-21-2011 13:56 BJT

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Thailand’s operations centre for the coordination of responses to flooding, storms and mudslides reported that 26 provinces remain under floodwaters, affecting 471,007 households, killing 123 persons and two persons remain missing.

Officials in provinces in low-lying areas and river basins are urged to closely monitor the water level, particularly the Chaopraya River Basin, where water has spilled over the banks in eight central provinces--Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Suphan Buri, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi.

Flash floods panicked villagers about landslides and they have got ready to move to safe areas. Flooding has also hampered rescue work, with muddy roads preventing rescuers from reaching the hardest hit areas.

Bangkok Deputy Governor Pornthep Techapaiboon on Monday said eastern part of the capital is under risk to be flooded such as Minburi, Nong Jok and Klong Samwa districts.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has instructed all district offices to prepare flood prevention equipment such as water pumps, and reinforce sandbag embankments and dykes to protect at-risk areas while a one billion baht emergency budget has been allocated to address the floods, the deputy governor said.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Worawat Ua-apinyakulon Monday reported 1,053 schools nationwide have been affected by the floods with estimated damage costing Bt284 million.

Phichit has been hardest hit with 96 schools under water, Mr Worawat said.

The ministry is now preparing make-up classes for students as their schools are closed. The classes are especially important for students in the last grade of high school who must take the approaching entrance examination for universities.

Flash floods panicked villagers about landslides and they have got ready to move to safe areas. Flooding has also hampered rescue work, with muddy roads preventing rescuers from reaching the hardest hit areas.

Flash floods panicked villagers about landslides and they have got ready to move to safe areas. Flooding has also hampered rescue work, with muddy roads preventing rescuers from reaching the hardest hit areas.


 

Editor:James |Source: CNTV

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