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PM urges storm-affected people to remain in shelters

Jan 05. 2019
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By The Nation

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People in the southern region affected by the Pabuk storm should remain in shelters for another day until the authorities declare it safe for them to return home, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Saturday.

Although the tropical storm has already been downgraded to a depression storm and has moved to the Andaman sea, heavy downpours and strong winds lashed many areas, raising the possibility of flash floods and forest floods.

“The prime minister reiterated that the public should not be reckless and suggested that they wait for another day until there is an announcement of safety and they should remain in the shelters until the situation returns to normal,” Government Spokesman Puttipong Punnakanta quoted the PM as saying.

Provincial authorities have been told to take care the public's safety, the spokesman said, adding officials concerned should fix infrastructure damaged by the storm as quickly as possible.

The storm has uprooted many electricity poles and these should be repaired immediately so that people would not have to live in darkness, he said.

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