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07 November 2010 :: 12:11:34 pm 45507

Thailand Makes Its Slow Recovery From The Flood Disaster.

Battered but not disheartened, Thailand is taking stock as the worst of the flooding subsides and the nationwide relief effort strengthens. The Chao Phraya River still presents a threat, though, with further high tides imminent.
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November 7, [Pattaya Daily News]: The flood crisis which has afflicted Thailand over the past three weeks is now easing according to Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who today thanked all the agencies concerned with flood relief and extended his condolences to the victims, especially the families of the 161 who have killed by the flooding and related problems. HM the King was reportedly deeply concerned about the severity of the flooding, according to the premier after his meeting with Thailand’s monarch yesterday. The King urged the authorities to thoroughly study irrigation systems and implement them to avoid similar disasters in the future.

While many areas north, central and south remain waterlogged, with continuing threats of mudslides and further heavy rain, especially in the South, Bangkok and towns along the Chao Phraya River are still threatened with waters up to 2.2 metres high due to the seasonal high tides.

The government has allocated Bt20 billion to start rebuilding flood ravaged areas, including the Ban Mankong (Secure Housing) scheme, in the 30 affected provinces of Chai Nat, Suphan Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Nakhon Sawan, Saraburi, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Khon Kaen, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Sing Buri, Ubon Ratchathani, Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Roi Et, Songkhla, Satun, Trang, Narathiwat, Yala, Pattani, Patthalung, Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Krabi, Chumphon and Ranong.

Meanwhile, the government’s tardy response has been criticised by Thaksin Shinawatra, as well as the

Puea Thai Party, which on Nov5 filed a petition with the National Anti-Corruption Commission, accusing

the premier of malfeasance in violation of Article 157 of the Criminal Code. Both Thaksin and Puea Thai’s Prompong Nopparit cited ‘irregularities in the transfer of authority which led to ineffectual administration’, namely that Apirak Kosayodhin, advisor to the premier, had been put in charge of the relief effort, instead of Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul, resulting in less effective action.

In the South, relief efforts are still hampered by the dislocation of the highway infrastructure, though flights by the helicopters of the naval task force have provided some 5,000 bags of supplies to some of the stricken villages otherwise cut off, as well as other affected areas of Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Satun. Their Majesties have ordered staff at Taksin Palace in Narathiwat to supply food and clothing to flood victims.

In Phuket , the Phuket Merlin Hotel was the co-ordinating relief centre for the island and both the southern and northern provinces, according to the Phuket Gazette, which reported that over a hundred donor organizations were setting out their stockpiles in the car park. Even Governor Tri Augkaradacha got involved, helping to load the convoys of trucks bound for locally hit provinces and the Bangkok central flood-relief collection centre from where relief supplies will be distributed throughout the country. Other relief collection centres were apparently set up at Jungceylon, Phuket Rajabhat University, the Third Naval Area Command, the Rotary Clubs of Phuket, and the Karon Sea Sands Resort & Spa.

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