PM visits flood victims in Ayutthaya

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AYUTTHAYA, Sept 13 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra visited a flooded school in this central province Thursday and handed out relief supplies to flood victims.

Ms Yingluck visited Prachakorn Rangsarit school, which has been flooded for several days.

The school is still open, but students moved to classrooms on the second floor of the classroom building.

If the situation does not worsen, the director said the school will remain open until the last day of this semester on September 26.

The prime minister also met flood victims from 1,200 households in Bangban district, coming to receive flood relief supplies.

Ayutthaya Governor Witthaya Piewpong reported to the premier that low-lying areas in six districts have been hit by flooding from the overflowing river, which normally occurs in the rainy season.

The province has cooperated with the irrigation department to slow down water discharge from the Pasak Chonlasit Dam in Lopburi until the floodwater in downstream Ayutthaya recedes first.