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03 May 2011 :: 10:05:06 am 53459

Surin, Buriram Provinces Close Evacuation Centers

BANGKOK, May 2 - Surin and Buriram, Thai provinces bordering Cambodia, have gradually closed their evacuation centers as residents return to their homes, after the border clashes have eased between two neighboring countries.
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Surin governor, Serm Chainarong said that 35 shelter centers have been closed, adding that transportation is provided for 44,000 villagers to return to their homes after the situation has resumed to its normal status.

During the last four days, there were no heavy weapons in action on the Cambodian side, Serm said.

In Buriram, Governor Thani Smartkij has closed three evacuation centers after the Thai and Cambodian troops at Surin’s Phanom Dong Rak district have ceased fire with only small gunfire being heard.

Villagers who fled the fight to seek shelter in Ban Kruat and Prakhon Chai districts have gradually returned to their homes. The provinces have closed three centers and six others by Monday.

Governor Thani said six villagers were wounded during the clashes, and two homes were destroyed while 14 others were damaged.

Prime Minister’s assistant minister, Ongart Klampaiboon reiterated that eight Thai soldiers were killed and 131 were wounded during the border clashes between 22 April – 2 May.

One civilian was killed and three died from congenital diseases at hospital in Surin, he said.

Ongart said he has instructed Surin governor to build 169 additional bunkers in at-risk areas in the province.

Report by : MCOT online news

Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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