Thailand: Eight died in southern flood

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BANGKOK, 29 March 2011 (NNT) - A total of eight villagers are reportedly killed by the current serious flooding in the southern part of Thailand, according to the Ministry of Public Health.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit reported that out of the eight fatalities, one was found in Surat Thani and the others were in Nakhon Si Thammarat.

Mr Jurin said the GPO has already distributed 20,000 sets of medical kits to flood-affected villagers residing in the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat. The Government Pharmuceutical Organization (GPO) has been instructed to prepare 100,000 more medical kits for the same purpose.

The minister further reported that a total of 12 hospitals of the ministry located in three provinces, namely Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani, and Chumphon had been inundated while three community hospitals and eight public health stations were also get affected from the natural disaster.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary for Public Health Medical Doctor Paijit Warachit elaborated that six out of the eight deaths were due to drowning while the two remainders were caused by landslides.

News ID: 255403290004

Reporter : Sarun Saelee

News Date : 29 March 2011