PM Yingluck instructed all related offices to assist flood victims


BANGKOK, 12 September 2012 – The Prime Minister has instructed all related state offices to provide assistance to flood victims without further delay. 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Tuesday that she has been worried about the current flood problems in various parts of the country, especially in the areas where rainfall has been high.

PM Yingluck said that she has asked the Royal Thai Army to promptly repair the damaged dikes, which have been the cause of the latest flood in Sukhothai Province’s commercial district.

The Premier expects the repair work to take around 10 days to complete.

She has also instructed Science Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi, who chairs the Strategic Committee for Water Resource Management (SCWRM), to work collaboratively with the Sukhothai governor to solve the problem and ordered the Interior Ministry to assist those in need.

Concerning the flood situation in Ayutthaya Province, the Prime Minister said that she has asked the Royal Irrigation Department to gradually release retained water through all canals, in order to ease the situation and prevent future problem.

Ms. Yingluck also assured that the government will do its best to help the public while expressing confidence that the state assistance will be more efficiently extended this year.