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Floods: 33 dead over past two weeks
« on: October 24, 2010, 10:35:48 AM »

33 dead over past two weeks

State agencies yesterday reported different death tolls from flood crisis in various parts of the country.

The Emergency Medical Institute reported a total of 32 flood-related deaths from October 10-23, with Nakhon Ratchasima and Buri Ram both having six deaths each.

But the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said some 25 people were killed in floods and one person was missing from October 10-23.

The Emergency Medical Institute reported in its website that 32 people died after being swept away by floods or killed in accidents as vehicles were carried away by swift torrents.

Nakhon Ratchasima and Buri Ram had the most deaths at six cases each followed by five in Lop Buri, while there were three deaths in Khon Kaen and Phetchabun, two deaths in Rayong and Chaiyaphum, and single fatalities in Sa Kaew, Ayutthaya, Trat, Saraburi and Nonthaburi.

Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department chief Wiboon Sanguanpong said yesterday that the agency had concluded that from October 10-23, more than 1,45 million people in 196 districts in 30 provinces had been affected by flooding. He put the death toll at 25 with one person missing.

While Rayong and Trat recovered from floods, 28 other provinces were still inundated, the agency said. It initially reported that 23 roads in 10 provinces were impassable while other damage was being assessed.

Wiboon said the department had worked with provincial and local officials to assist victims at affected areas by providing 747 flat-bottom boats, 95,587 relief bags, 426 tents as temporary shelters, nine drinking water trucks, 71,738 bottles of water, 136 water pumps, 693 rescue trucks and six spotlight trucks.

The latest fatality was reported in Sing Buri yesterday. A 51-year-old man from In Buri district, Adisorn Yaowarat, was electrocuted yesterday after wading through floodwater at his home to turn off a power switch, located inches above the water.

Meanwhile, 10,000 residents in the low-lying Tambon Saen Saeb in Bangkok's Min Buri district were hit by flooding yesterday, after the Lam Sai and Saen Saeb canals rose.

A five-metre-long section of a makeshift dike on the Chao Phraya gave way in Pathum Thani's Muang district yesterday morning, causing the Pathum Thani Municipality fresh market and Wat Soparam to hit by a 1.5-metre-deep flood.

Speeding by large motorboats was blamed for causing currents that broke the river dike. Muang district chief Krai Boonbandal and local officials got 1,000 sandbags to repair the dike and water pumps to drain water out. After the area dried up, shop keepers built a brick dike in front of their shops to prevent water getting back in.

In related news, the Chao Phraya River in Ang Thong's Muang district was at 8.35 metres, some 1.5 metres above "critical" level, and water had seeped through flood barriers to inundate the Ang Thong Market and City Hall.

The Nation