Pattaya Daily News

28 June 2011 :: 10:06:23 am 55545

Flooding critical in North; Cabinet to discuss aid for victims

NAN, June 27 – The Thai Cabinet on Tuesday will discuss help for flood victims, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said Monday while on the campaign trail, as flooding in the North, especially Nan, is reported as critical with one fatality.
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An 80-year-old man drowned after fainting when his house in the provincial seat was flooded by two metre-deep water. Provincial authorities moved the body of Thanat Srijai from his flooded house by flat-bottomed boat to the Nan provincial hospital

The prime minister, in the northeastern province of Yasothon for election campaigning, said that he is closely monitoring the floods in Nan and elsewhere in the North and may visit the area Monday afternoon.

Nan’s provincial seat was evacuated in an ordered way, he said, but Wiang Sa district, a catchment area, faces more difficulties.

Flooding in different parts of the province is still critical. The flood level is two metres deep in some areas and local residents must move their household belongings and pets to higher ground. A number of villages are cut off from the outside world.The authorities on Sunday announced six provinces as disaster zones.

On Monday morning, the flood level in Nan municipality is about 50-70 centimetres deep, and vehicles cannot pass through the area. The water level in the Nan River hit a crisis point at 11.37 metres at Baan Pha Kwang. The flood has damaged extensive areas in Pua, Tha Wang Pha, Wieng Sa, Muang Nan, and Phu Pieng districts.

Nan municipality mayor Surapon Thiensutr said the flood in business areas affected more than 2,000 homes and structures in 12 communities. A number of shops and hotels on the main road have been affected.

Officials distributed more than 3,000 sandbags to locals. After the great flood in 2006, officials have better handled emergencies and offer systematic help. Advance warnings help residents to handle the problem.

Nan provincial administration organization chairman Narin Laoaraya ordered workers to prepare sandbags, food, drinking water for flood victims and warned that floodwater level is likely to rise on Monday before it is stable and drops, if there is no more rain.

Meanwhile, many schools in Tak’s Mae Sot district have closed indefinitely. Many roads in Mae Sot municipality have been flooded, and traffic has been disrupted, particularly during rush hours.

In Phayao, local disaster response agency warns of possible flash floods in four districts–Pong, Chun, Chiang Kham, and Phusang–due to rainfall from tropical depression Haima.

In Mae Hong Son’s Pai district, overnight rain has inundated low-lying areas. Paddy fields and other crops have been extensively damaged.

Report by : MCOT
Photo : Nandailynews

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