Govt & Navy ready for mass evacuation


BANGKOK, 30 October 2011  – The Transport Ministry and the Royal Thai Navy have prepared plans for a mass evacuation in case the flooding in Bangkok has turned rampant and life-threatening.

The Transport Ministry has prepared 200-300 trucks to collect residents in the flood-torn areas who will then be transported by the BMTA buses to different inter-provincial bus stations.

In case the floods make normal land transport impossible in most provinces, the Royal Thai Navy will dispatch large trucks to pick up affected people at designated spots. The flood-hit people will then be sent to Royal Thai Navy Academy in Samut Prakan before being transferred to different provinces. Various types of ships will be used in transporting the people to destinations including landing and amphibious crafts.

If the food level turns too high, the residents will be required to wait at the designated piers where there will be boats to take them to the academy.