Assistance rushed to four flooded southern provinces


Bangkok – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation has been expediting help to southern provinces, where continuous floods have hit hard this year.

According to the DDPM, floods continue in Songkhla, Phatthalung, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani as a result of the influence of the northeast monsoon system.

Related city halls, military units, local administrative organizations and agencies have already lent a hand in helping flood victims by distributing relief bags, essential items and drinking water to those in need.

They have also set up temporary shelters for local people, who were forced out of their homes, and provided everything they might need, including drinking-water, mobile power generators, mobile toilets, water pumps and small boats.

At the same time, more water pumps and machines to push water out to sea have also been installed in affected areas, while troubled residents of these provinces have been urged to call the hotline 1784 number around the clock if they need immediate assistance.

Meanwhile, the Meteorological Department forecasts cold weather in the upper part of Thailand during December 19 to 21 when the temperature should drop 2-3 degree Celsius.

For the lower part of the southern region, more rain, including heavy falls, is forecast in some areas, with strong winds and high waves also likely in the Gulf of Thailand.