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Govt downgrades disaster management response level from 3 to 2 for flood disaster in the South and in Prachuab Kiri Khan

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February 14, 2017, at 1425hrs, at the Government Press Center, Naree Smosorn Building, Government House, following the cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Col Thaksada Sangkhachan, Assistant Government Spokesperson, revealed the 2/2017 Announcement of the Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on downgrading disaster management response for flood disaster in the South and in Prachuab Kiri Khan province.

Pertaining to the Government’s upgrade of disaster management response level to large scale disaster (level 3), and establishment of disaster command centers in Surat Thani and Songkhla provinces following widespread flood disaster across the Southern region during December 2016 and early January 2017, the situation has now eased, and in order for the local people to continue to live normally, the Government has made an announcement to downgrade disaster management response from level 3 to level 2 (medium scale disaster). Command centers in Surat Thani and Songkhla provinces were ordered to hand over their tasks to local authorities, while the Command Center for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation will continue to follow up and provide support to provincial authorities in order to expedite relief and rehabilitation.