Region mobilizes to aid flood victims in Phanat Nikhom, Panthong

Friday, 25 October 2013 From Issue Vol. XXI No. 43 By  CPRD

Area officials, aid organizations and hospitals have mobilized to help residents of Phanat Nikom and Panthong after the second typhoon of the season exacerbated already critical flooding problems in the Chonburi districts.

Typhoon Nari, which followed closely on the heels of Typhoon Wutip, pounded the region Oct. 15-16, flooded the two low-lying districts with runoff from Bothong, Nongyai, Banbung and Koh Chan, again inundating residents near the Bangpakong River.

Residents were instructed to move to higher ground and Chonburi Gov. Khomsan Ekachai solicited help from volunteers to move people’s valuables to dry areas.

This modern day military chuck wagon, which can produce up to 7,000 meals daily, is being used to help flood victims.This modern day military chuck wagon, which can produce up to 7,000 meals daily, is being used to help flood victims.

The governor toured the two districts Oct. 18, particularly the important Klua Canal. Phanat Nikhom District Chief Chakorn Kanjawat distributed drinks to residents and officials set up an aid center staffed by volunteers to help.

Military forces from the 21st Maintenance Battalion, 21st Transmission and Service Battalion, and 21st Ordnance Ammunition Battalion help citizens evacuate using 30 trucks and an outdoor kitchen car, which can produce 7,000 meals for flood victims.

Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organization President Wittaya Kunplome and his wife were among the officials cooking 3,000 meals at the Phanat Nikom district office. The Sawang Boriboon and Sawang Pratheep foundations also donated 2,000 boxed meals each while Samitivej Hospital Sriracha sent 25 doctors and nurses to perform checkups from Oct. 18-20.

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