PM on 3rd day of flood trail excursion


CHAI NAT, June 13 — Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday continued on the third day of her flood trail excursion scheduled to inspect flood prevention measures in Nakhon Sawan, Phitsanulok and Sukhothai.

The premier stayed overnight in Chai Nat and began the day by giving alms to 60 monks in a ceremony to mark the 110th anniversary of the Royal Irrigation Department at the Chao Phraya Dam office in Chai Nat.

She was scheduled to be briefed by ministers responsible for flood response and also chair a videoconference meeting with governors in the central region

Later, Ms Yingluck will move on to inspect Bueng Boraphet in Nakhon Sawan, the largest freshwater swamp and lake in central Thailand. She will also visit the flood prevention dykes in Pak Nam Pho sub-district.

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

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

Ms Yingluck is on a four-day flood trail survey of eight provinces, covering areas from downstream upstream to the north, to inspect the progress of flood prevention measures.

She earlier visited Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Sing Buri and Chai Nat. After Tak, she will take a helicopter to Chiang Mai to inspect dredging 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.