Thailand: 8 southern provinces inundated

BANGKOK, 1 April 2011 (NNT) - A total of eight southern provinces have been experiencing serious flooding resulting in 13 fatalities as of 31 March 2011, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM).

DDPM Director-General Wiboon Sanguanpong reported that there have been 514 sub-districts in 81 districts under eight provinces in the South which are suffering from the flooding while 842,324 villagers in 239,160 households have been affected by the natural disaster so far.

Mr Wiboon added that four houses were completely devastated while 132 others were partly damaged. The death toll caused by the flooding currently reaches 13 people.

Regarding assistance measures for flood victims, the director-general said the DDPM has cooperated with local administrative organizations as well as related units at the sub-district, district and provincial levels in delivering aid to all flood victims.

Mr Wiboon noted that 189 flat-bottom boats, 515 HDPE plastic boats with oars, 5 fiberglass boats, 6 inflatable boats, 15 lorries carrying 6,000 liters of drinking water and two lorries carrying 10,000 bottles of water, one crane and others have been provided to support rescue missions of 150 officials.