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19 October 2010 :: 11:10:21 am 44330

Thai Premier Assesses Nakhon Ratchasima Flood Disaster Area

Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Monday visited the flood-stricken area of Nakhon Ratchasima in the nations rural northeast. The premier’s visit was to assess the damage done to the region by floods and prepare adequate aide programs to assist residents in need.
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Nakhon Ratchasima, the 18th of October 2010: At present, the death toll resultant from severe rains afflicting the area stands at four, while a further one million residents are thought to have been displaced in the region.

Twenty-one districts of the province have been classified as flood-stricken by administrators with the four hardest hit regions veritable disaster zones, these include Nakhon Ratchasima provincial seat, Non Sung, Pak Chong and Pak Thong Chai districts.

In the provincial seat of the province Nakhon Ratchasima Rajabhat University, Rajamangala University of Technology Isan, Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, numerous schools, government offices, a stadium, bus stations, hotels and housing estates have been inundated by flood waters reported at up to 2 meters in depth at some points.

The water level in two of the regions dams has been reported at critical levels. The Lamtakong Dam is currently holding 333 cubic meters of water (max capacity 314 million cubic meters) adding to the flooding as water is spilling into the Lamtakong River at some 500,000 cubic meters per day.

The Lam Phra Phloeng Dam is currently over capacity, holding 158.7 million cubic meters of water, 48.7 million over its 110 million maximum. Authorities at both dams have issued a statement saying that the sluice gates will not be opened, as doing such would cause further damage to numerous low lying communities in the region.

Along with public transport including bus and train services into the region, highways 290, 201, 2148 and 224 are declared impassable, although larger vehicles have been able to access certain sections of 2148.

The Provincial Electricity Authority has cut power to ten locations in three districts, including the provincial seat of Nakhon Ratchasima, Pak Thong Chai and Chok Chai district.

Following his visit to the region on Monday, premier Abhisit revealed that he will gather all means of relief possible, reporting the situation to the Thai Cabinet on Tuesday. Some aide will be expedited to the most affected regions on Tuesday morning, prior to the Cabinet meeting.

A review of the nations existing flood response, preparation and warning systems will also be discussed at today’s cabinet meeting, according to the premier.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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