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Thailand Floods: Flood penetrates inner Ayutthaya, prompting evacuation

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AYUTTHAYA, 8 October 2011 (NNT) – Floodwater has broken into the central area of Ayutthaya province in Thailand while local residents have been instructed to evacuate their homes and move to higher grounds for their own safety.

Ayutthaya Governor Witthaya Phiewphong reported that several spots within inner Ayutthaya, or Koh Mueang, had become submerged under floodwater. Residents have been asked for cooperation in vacating the area; however, a number of them are reportedly not willing to do so due to concerns over the safety of their belongings inside their homes.

Meanwhile, an additional flood barrier has been constructed in front of Ayutthaya Hospital in a bid to protect the facility from the approaching water while all medical equipment and patients on the ground floor have been moved upstairs. Related authorities have been ordered to be ready to help transfer any patients with serious conditions to other hospitals in Bangkok.

According to Director of the Ayutthaya Provincial Highway Office Paichit Phochan, the flood has caused difficulties in people’s commutes on the road. He said the use of small passenger cars was not recommended at the moment while most inbound roads were to be avoided.

Highway 347 to Ayutthaya has been completely closed. Motorists heading north are suggested to bypass Ayutthaya by taking Highway 340 and the West Outer Ring Road to Suphan Buri and continuing their journey on Paholyothin Road.

Read more: NNT

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