BANGKOK, 7 October 2011 (NNT) – People in 28 provinces of Thailand, mostly in the North, the Northeast and the central region are still affected by floods, and at least 252 people have lost their lives in a series of depressions which hit the country one after another since tropical storm Nock-Ten swept through Southeast Asia in late July.
According to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), floods have ravaged 826,000 households in 212 districts, affecting 2.7 million people. A total of 252 villagers were killed while three others are still reported missing. Out of the 60 provinces used to be declared an emergency disaster zone since July, 32 provinces have already been cleared from the list and are now under renovation.
The 28 currently flooded provinces are Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani in the North, Chainat, Sukhothai, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Chachoengsao, Nonthaburi in the central region, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Roi Et, Loei, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Buriram in the Northeast.
Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra this morning called another meeting of ministers concerned with flood solutions, during which she ordered urgent establishment of a one-stop flood relief operational centre at Don Mueang Airport. The centre will have the Prime Minister as chairperson and will help transfer people in the affected areas who become ill to major hospitals. The center will directly receive donations in cash and kind from the public for flood victims. All other existing flood relief centres will also have to report their operation to the Don Mueang centre.
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