2 flood-hit districts in Rayong declared disaster zones

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BANGKOK, 18 September 2015  – Two districts in Rayong have been declared disaster zones after they were heavily hit by tropical storm Vamco. The provincial administration and relevant units have urgently distributed assistance to the affected people.

Chief of the provincial disaster prevention and mitigation department Chumpot Wannachatsiri said the department and the provincial irrigation office had mobilized efforts to help 4,000 households in Ban Chang district—one of the two disaster zones in the province. Almost 30 villages there have been flooded with the water of up to 1.50 centimeters deep.

Main roads in Rayong to Bangkok and Chanthaburi have been submerged and only large vehicles can pass.

The other district declared disaster zone is Mueang Rayong which is adjacent to the heavily flooded Bang Lamung district in Chonburi province. Tap Ma sub-district in Mueang Rayong is the most critically flooded area.

Rayong has set up evacuation centers and handed out food and drinking water for the affected people. The province has also provided sandbags for those who need them to prevent flooding.