Highway police on alert as travellers return home


BANGKOK, April 15 – Songkran celebrants started returning from upcountry to the capital today to avoid traffic congestion as highway police are in full force to facilitate motorists and travellers.

Nakhon Ratchasima where roads from several northeastern provinces meet has been congested since yesterday.

Police said Highway 24 in Nang Rong district – the threshold to Nakhon Ratchasima – saw an increasing number of cars as travellers from eight northeastern provinces gradually poured into Bangkok.

Commercial banks and the private sector resume business tomorrow while the public sector and state enterprises do not go back to work until Thursday.

In the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham, the Transport Company has increased Bangkok-bound bus service from today.

Narong Sahamethapat, permanent secretary for public health, instructed all state-run hospitals along five major highways – Paholyothin, Asia, Mitraparb, Petchkasem and Sukhumvit – to be on full alert with ambulances and medical personnel standing by today and tomorrow.

Hospitals were also instructed to reserve blood of every group to cope with accident patients. (MCOT online news)