DDPM: 5 provinces inundated

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BANGKOK, 30 June 2011 – A total of five provinces have been experiencing flooding due to heavy rainfall during 25-28 June 2011, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM). 

DDPM Director-General Viboon Sanguanpong reported that the five provinces facing serious flooding comprise Chiang Rai, Tak, Nan, Phayao and Sukhothai. The situation has amputated communication in 896 villages in 133 sub-districts of 29 districts.

Affected by the disaster are a total of 118,856 people from 37,147 households. One villager was killed by flood in Mae Sot district, Tak, while another one was missing in Wiang Sa district of Nan.

Mr Viboon reported further that about 53,227 rais of farmlands, 63 streets, 45 bridges as well as 208 fish and shrimp ponds were damaged.

The director-general noted that the DDPM has cooperated with related units in assisting all victims as well as surveying the damage. Villagers suffering from the flooding could seek assistance from the office by dialing 1784. The emergency line is available around the clock.