PM inspects flood prevention measures in Sing Buri, Chai Nat

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SING BURI, June 12 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Tuesday visited Sing Buri and Chai Nat to inspect flood prevention measures on the second day of her four-day flood trail inspection, covering areas from downstream following the river upstream to the north.

After chairing the weekly Cabinet meeting, she left for Sing Buri’s Phrom Buri district to inspect a flood retention area there, the new Phra Ngarm sluice gate and Lam Chuad sluice gate at Phra Ngarm subdistrict, and the dredging of the Maenam Noi River in Bang Rachan district.

Ms Yingluck said the new Phra Ngarm sluce gate was only 60 per cent complete, which was behind schedule, as there were only 50 days left under the construction plan.

The premier said, however, that she believed that the situation would be handled sufficiently as the old Phra Ngarm sluice gate has already been repaired and works properly.

Ms Yingluck admitted that the government could not guarantee that the flood definitely would not affect the area but she confirmed that the government is well prepared with its water management plan and there would not be severe water retention as last year.

The authorities have prepared the drainage system and could avoid the water backing up without draining, said the premier.

After Sing Buri, Ms Yingluck was to also visit Chai Nat and take a boat to inspect the Chao Phraya River dredging in its Sing Buri-Chai Nat course and visit the Chao Phraya Dam to view a demonstration of the Single Command Centre’s operation from Government House.

She is scheduled to stay overnight in Chai Nat.