Pattaya Daily News

18 December 2007 :: 14:12:08 pm 29354

Despite Floods, No Poll Delay in South, PM

BANGKOK, Dec 18 – While Thailand‘s three southernmost provinces are facing severe flooding, Prime Minister Gen. Surayud Chulanont affirmed Tuesday that there is no indication of postponing the general election on December 23.
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The prime minister confirmed that there will not be any election postponement in the three southernmost provinces, even in Narathiwat, which was hit by particularly severe flooding.

“Communication and transport in the province is not totally (halted), although some bridges were damaged … but the main highways are accessible,” he said.

The premier added that the government is trying fully to facilitate the public in exercising their right to vote on election day this Sunday.

Various agencies including the Interior Ministry, Internal Security Operations Command and the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Centre have been instructed to lend their help to flood victims in the province.

The Narathiwat flood was caused in part by flooding from neighbouring Malaysia, he said.

Gen. Surayud said that on Friday, he will co-chair a ceremony officially opening the Thai-Malaysia Friendship bridge at Narathiwat and that he will use the occasion to visit flood victims there.

Meanwhile, Governor Karan Supakitvilaekarn said some 30,000 Narathiwat people have been affected by floods as the Sungai Kolok, Sai Buri, and Bang Nara rivers overflowed in 13 districts.

Heavy rain in Si-sakhon, Waeng, and Sukhirin districts also resulted in inundation in the province, he said, adding that the flood damaged six homes and damaged 76 rai of crops, while 22 bridges and 149 roads were damaged.

The governor said the province has mobilised the local administrative staff, soldiers, police and the private sector to help the flood victims.

The flooding caused over 70 schools to close in Narathiwat, while four people have drowned in the flood-stricken southernmost provinces.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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