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Prawit urges military aid for flood-hit southern provinces

Nov 11. 2018
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By The Nation

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Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed military officers and administrative officials to monitor the flood situation in three southern provinces and aid affected residents.

Especially in Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon where an estimated 46,000 residents were hit by the flooding, Defence Ministry spokesman Maj-General Kongcheep Tantravanich said on Sunday. 

It was reported that 601 villages in the two provinces were still submerged as of press time.

In Prachuap Khiri Khan, provincial governor Panlop Singhaseni presided over a ceremony on Sunday morning to present flood relief bags from the Princess Pa Foundation. 

The symbolic ceremony saw six monks and 300 villagers receive the relief bags. The province received 100 relief bags for monks and 2,500 relief bags for villagers. The rest of the relief bags were expected to reach the flood-affected areas later. 

Meanwhile, the chief of the severely hit Bang Saphan Noi district, Sakarin Thumsen, reported to a meeting of related officials on Sunday about the flood situation. He said 2,975 households covering 8,958 residents were affected by the floods, which also totally damaged five homes and partially damaged 136 homes. A total of 140 road sections, 18 bridges, six check dams, 12 tap water systems, seven schools, seven temples, four village pavilions, 13 fish ponds and more than 1,000 rai of farmland were damaged by the flooding, he added.

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