Ten Ayutthaya districts declared disaster zones

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AYUTTHAYA, Oct 15 – Ten of a total 16 districts in central Thailand’s flood-hit Ayutthaya province have been declared immediate emergency assistance zones.

basin, Pak Hai, Sena, Bang Sai in the Noi River basin, Tha Rua and Nakhon Luang in the Pasak River basin as well as Maha Rat and Bang Pahan in the Lopburi River basin

Ban Phraek district along the Lopburi River and Wang Noi district along Rapeepat Canal are under consideration as immediate emergency assistance zones.

So far about 53,825 households in 786 villages of Phra Nakhon SI Ayutthaya’s 122 subdistricts have been flooded. The government has promised financial compensation of 33,000 baht per household for all 168,819 people affected by the floods, and officials will be sent to the areas to estimate overall flood damages after the floodwaters recede.

Meanwhile, three crocodiles, one of them a 40-centimetre long baby reptile and two other 70-centimetre crocodiles, have been captured in the Thai-Cambodian border town of Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo province amid receding floodwaters.

The crocodiles reportedly escaped from Poi Pet, a flood-hit Cambodian town, which borders Thailand. Residents living along the Promhod canal have been warned to keep a close watch on their family members and that they should avoid any activities near the canal as there is another 2-metre long crocodile that has not been recaptured. Residents have been urged to immediately inform the authorities if they see the runaway crocodile.