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Full efforts for Chiang Mai residents affected by floods: Thai PM

Hills in Chiang Mai

Hills in Chiang Mai. Photo: Individualist.

CHIANG MAI, 29 September 2011 (NNT) – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is urging every sector to help Chiang Mai residents cope with rising flood levels. Knock-down houses are expected to be built to provide temporary shelters and survival kits will be distributed to help residents get through the ordeal.

According to Ms. Yingluck, the situations in Chiang Mai, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen and Maha Sarakham remain worrisome. San Sai, Mae Taeng and Fang districts in Chiang Mai have been worst affected after the overflow from the Ping River flooded numerous areas including a business zone of Night Bazaar where the flood level now reached 60 centimeters.

Chiang Mai Governor and the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment reported that the flood had increased to 4.92 meters from originally 3.7 meters except at Warorot Market where barriers made of sandbags had been erected. Over 1,700 homes have been affected so far in the event of flood. Survival kits and flat bottomed boats were given to those in need.

However, the flood level is expected to recede to lower than 4 meters if it does not rain again tonight. The Prime Minister ordered related agencies to find new waterways to drain the inundation from the city of Chiang Mai.

Relevant ministers were told to spend the night in the province to monitor the situation and help flood victims whichever way they could. More rescue efforts from the army have been requested as the situation has been severe in several areas.

National News Bureau of Thailand