Local authorities distribute emergency supplies to flood victims

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On the afternoon of the 17th of September Mayor Itthipol Khunplome along with deputy mayor Wuthisak Rermkitchakarn led a team to visit properties on Soi 5 Tanwa (Sukhumvit 45) after the recent floods caused by tropical storm Vamco, so that people can register for compensation.

The officials told residents that they need to assess the damage and estimate the costs. This would have to be submitted along with photographs of the damage and all the relevant paperwork verified by the village chief or community leader in order for them to be compensated.

Flood victims can contact authorities until September 25th, 2015 for claims & compensation at the Social Security Department in Pattaya, call 038-253-260 and 038-253-257

Outside of the city the Military and government have been cooperating to help flood victims.

On September the 18th Maj. Gen. Suradej Prakaneri – Commander of The 1st Army Support Command Phanabodi Sri Uthai and a team of high ranking officials, administrators, municipal officers, and volunteers totaling over 200 people took a tour of the area starting at the old sugar factory at M.11, Huay Yai where they found many people who had been affected.

Over 40 houses had been flooded with residents climbing onto the roofs until they could safely swim to safety. Cars, motorbikes, electrical equipment and furniture were all devastated by the water, however teachers and students from Thai-Austrian Technical College arranged to repair electrical equipment‘s free of charge.

One Chevrolet pick-up truck missing and was thought to be in a nearby canal. It was expected to be in the canal nearby.

The team inspected the Bang Pai Canal Bridge which connects Banglamung District to Baan Chang, Rayong. They found that the bridge on the Baan Chang side had collapsed about 5 metres in length and 4 meters wide, shutting off access. The level of the water had gone down but the current was still very strong. A temporary solution will be found to enable access and in the long term, repairs must be done under a budget from the government.

Meanwhile in Huay Yai the Flood Relief Operations Centre was in full force with doctors and nurses from Wat Yan Sangwararam providing first aid and medicine for sick people.

Officers from the 1st Army Support Command Phanabodi Sri Uthai set up a field kitchen in the area to make food for flood victims. Many people and private organizations also donated drinking water, rice, dried food, clothes, and essentials to the Centre.

Our reporters also surveyed the Klong Bang Pai Reservoir, which had filled up rapidly and burst its banks in the downpour, however water levels had now dissipated and the reservoir was now no longer a threat.