PM kicks off tour to inspect progress of flood prevention measures

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BANGKOK, June 11 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra begins her four-day flood trail excursion to eight provinces, covering areas from downstream upstream to the north, to inspect flood prevention measures progress.

Ms Yingluck will chair a National Water Resources and Flood Policy Committee meeting before leading officials to Pathum Thani to inspect the Chulabhorn sluice gate and the flood control dyke along Khlong Rangsit.

After that, she will proceed to Rojana Industrial Estate in Ayutthaya to preside at a ceremony handing over financial support to build flood prevention dykes at six industrial estates and parks in Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani.

In Ayutthaya, the premier will also review a flood response plan drill at Sena district and water retention areas in Bang Ban district before returning to Bangkok.

On Tuesday, Ms Yingluck will chair this week’s Cabinet meeting before leaving for Sing Buri’s Phrom Buri district to inspect the flood retention area, Lam Chuad sluice gate at Phra Ngarm subdistrict, and the dredging of Maenam Noi River in Bang Rachan district.

On the same day, he will also visit Chai Nat and take a boat trip to inspect Chao Phraya River dredging in the 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.

On Wednesday, Ms Yingluck will be briefed by ministers responsible for flood response and also chair a videoconference meeting with governors in the Chai Nat area.

She will move on to Phitsanulok’s Bang Rakam district to see a water retention area, before visiting Sukhothai to inspect the Ban Hat Sapan Chan and Khlong Hok Bat sluice gates which divert water from the Yom River to the Nan River.

The premier and her entourage will visit Tak, staying overnight at the Bhumibol Dam.

On Thursday, the last day of the trip, Ms Yingluck will be briefed on the water level at major dams and hold a teleconference with governors in the vicinity of Tak.

She will then take a helicopter to Chiang Mai to inspect the dredging work of the Ping River and be briefed on the overall progress of flood response preparedness in upstream, midstream to downstream areas.

She will return to Bangkok on Thursday.