PM chairs nationwide flood meeting of governors

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BANGKOK, Oct 11 – Thailand’s Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday chaired a meeting of governors nationwide to follow up and resolve the flood situation.

Meeting by videoconference, the premier said there is much rainfall this year but now floods remain in only two provinces — Prachin Buri and Kanchanaburi.

She said the Water and Flood Management Commission (WFMC) opened a centre with the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation and formed a single command centre leading to improved efficiency and coordination in operations and disaster warnings, as well as closer cooperation with the public.

The premier thanked all concerned agencies, reaffirming that governors must work cooperatively.

The premier said the single command allowed more rapid and improved operations than last year, while urging the governors to be pro-active with citizens as the centre of all.

Ms Yingluck spoke not only of the floods, but also the suppression of drugs, gambling and illegal products which need cooperation between the governors and police to help resolve the problems.