Flood rehabilitation underway countrywide

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BANGKOK, Oct 23 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assigned appropriate government to work on flood prevention and rehabilitation nationwide as floods have receded in most provinces.

Government spokesman Teerat Ratanasevi said Ms Yingluck told the Cabinet yesterday that this year’s flood should be used as a lesson for future preparedness.

Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Suraswadi told the Cabinet that the situation in outlying Pathum Thani province was back to normal but Thailand’s eastern region remained at risk due to excessive rainfall.

He most critical area in Chon Buri was Panthong district, especially at the Amata industrial park, he said.

He said Pimai district in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province has been flooded and residents were told to be on special alert when the water level could peak in the next three days.

The Interior Ministry was instructed to survey flooded areas while the Water and Natural Disaster Management Committee would work closely with the Government Spokesman’s Office in distributing documents on water management to the public.

The prime minister told the Cabinet to see if the rehabilitation budget could be partially allocated for flood-prevention measures, said Mr Teerat.

Chalitrat Chandrubeksa, deputy government spokesman, said the Industry Ministry reported that the flood in Amata industrial park in Chon Buri should recede in the next few days and traffic inside the industrial park, where roads have been 10-15 cm under water, should be back to normal soon.