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31 October 2010 :: 10:10:56 am 45077

Flood victims up to 101; Health authorities keeping 168 on suicide watch

BANGKOK, Oct 30 -- The number of people who have perished in the floods now ravaging Thailand has risen to 101, with health authorities keeping close watch on 168 others considered as suicide risks due to depression, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on Saturday.
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Mr Jurin told a press conference that so far 90 of the total were found drowned while officials were investigating whether the remaing 11 died in flood-related incidents.

He said officials were monitoring closely on 168 others on fears that they might commit suicide due to severe stress.

A budget totaling Bt125 million was initially set aside for rehabilitation for both flood victims and 176 hospitals which have been damaged by the floods that have hit Thailand except for the southern region.

Eleven activities would be implemented in 24 provinces covering 1,631 villages, said Mr Jurin.

They are covered in three measures including health and mental rehabilitation, control of diseases, and an improvement of hygiene and environment after the flood recedes, he added.

(MCOT online news)

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