Thailand’s eastern province braces for storm Gaemi

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SA KAEO, Oct 7— Local residents in Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district were building flood embankment while Army Rangers have been deployed to border villages to brace for tropical storm Gaemi, which was forecast to hit this eastern province tonight.

Municipal workers and residents built one metre-high floodwalls in business areas in order to mitigate possible impact of the tropical storm.

Kornchai Srithanakul, Aranyaprathet municipal mayor, said relevant officials were on standby. A warning was issued to local people in at-risk areas.

Also, some 6,000 additional sandbags were provided to residents.

Paramilitary personnel along with flat-bottomed boats and life vests were mobilised to checkpoints in villages in Tha Kham subdistrict in order to immediately help villagers in case of an emergency.

Tha Kham subdistrict comprising nine villages were severely flooded in late September. Some areas were reportedly still under rehabilitation.