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Trat prepares flood evacuation plans

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TRAT, 28 July 2012 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) provincial office in Trat organized an evacuation drill in the event of flash floods or forest run-off. The drill was held in cooperation with the Sato Subdistrict Administrative Organization, people in the Ban Thung Krabok community, and relevant government agencies.

Mr. Thana Phromduang, head of the Trat DDPM office, stated that the evacuation drill was held in Ban Thung Krabok because the area is prone to annual flooding problems, with its low-lying landscape which absorbs water from the Chantaburi River as well as watershed areas in neighboring mountainous districts. The evacuation drill was initiated to ready citizens as well as improving the efficiency of the One Tambon, One Search and Rescue Team’s (OTOS) operations.

It helps train relevant agencies, such as the administrative and medical personnel to work together in a quick and efficient manner in the event of flash floods, to help evacuate citizens, search for missing persons, facilitate communications, and provide first aid. This exercise was initiated to help prepare all parties to deal with actual emergencies.

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