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11 April 2011 :: 12:04:30 pm 52733

Over 560 Flood Victims in South Experiencing Stress

BANGKOK, April 10, 2011 - A total of 561 flood victims in southern Thailand are experiencing heavy stress while the public health ministry has mapped out three urgent rehabilitation tasks, as the flooding situation has receded considerably, said Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit on Sunday.
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Mr Jurin said there were 179 cases of stress, 286 of depression and 96 at risk of suicide after the flash flood and mudslides hit the southern region on March 23.

 

He said the ministry had dispatched 164 health authorities to closely monitor and rehabilitate victims on a regular basis.

As of Sunday, only five public health offices out of 169 remained closed as they were still under floodwater. All these five stations are in Surat Thani province, the second hardest hit province by the disaster.

The death toll remained unchanged at 63, Mr Jurin said, adding that his ministry would focus on three factors to rehabilitate people in the region.

They are rehabilitating mental and physical condition of families who had lost their loved ones, preventing outbreak of diseases by disposing of garbage and cleaning public places such as markets and toilets, as well as improving the quality of water for consumption.

 

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban flew to Nopphitam district of Nakhon Si Thammarat province from nearby Surat Thani province and inspected repairs on bridges which were damaged by the strong currents.

Mr Suthep said he had given an order that repairs on nine bridges should be completed before Songkran festival, or Thailand’s traditional New Year, which starts this Wednesday and ends Friday, to enable flood victims to reach each other.

Also, Mr Suthep told villagers whose homes were destroyed by flood that construction of new homes should be completed within three months.

Credit by: MCOT online news

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