PM Prayut worried about heavy flooding in southern Thailand

from Government of Thailand
Published on 07 Jan 2017 View Original

BANGKOK, 7th January 2016 (NNT) - The Prime Minister is concerned about ongoing heavy flooding in southern regions and has ordered the dispatch of troops to help evacuate flood victims to safer areas.

Spokesman of the National Council for Peace and Order Col. Winthai Suvaree said today that the Royal Thai Army has now dispatched military personnel and relief teams to help residents of 10 southern provinces, who have been affected by recent flooding, as instructed by Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Col. Winthai said that the army has sent out 3,569 military officers on 122 trucks. They are equipped with 26 boats, and are accompanied by two medical teams along with two sets of mobile kitchens, to help flood victims.

He added that the relief teams have also been ordered to help evacuate flood-hit residents and their belonging to safer ground as well as to build levees and to remove any blockages to water flow to help divert flood waters away from residences.

Col. Winthai went on to say that Royal Thai Army Commander, Gen. army commander Chalermchai Sittisart, who is also the Secretary-General of the NCPO, has ordered the engineering department to prepare all necessary tools and equipment to be on stand-by for use whenever needed by teams working on helping victims of southern floods.

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