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112 Nakhon Ratchasima schools inundated
« on: October 20, 2010, 05:32:32 PM »
112 Nakhon Ratchasima schools inundated

About 112 schools in Nakhon Ratchasima province have been hit badly by floods, Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat said yesterday, adding that if there was no rain, the water levels should drop in three days. He said assistance would be sent once the overall damage has been worked out.

"Students and teachers under the Office of the Vocational Education Commission [Ovec] have set up 'fix-it centres' to serve people there. They will help repair appliances and vehicles that have stopped working due to the floods," he added.

Ovec has also distributed relief bags to flood-affected residents and built 30 floating toilets as well as a number of floating bins. They will also help residents clean up once the water levels drop.

Ovec can be reached at (02) 280 2967, (02) 281 5555 extension 1107, (044) 242 001 or (081) 725 8488.

SRT readies trucks for travellers

Though train services to the North resumed yesterday after floods receded, railway officials still got trucks ready to transfer passengers in case of emergency.

Chiang Mai Railway Station director Sinrat Deewajee said services resumed from 6am yesterday after the State Railway of Thailand halted trains to the North due to severe flooding, especially in Nakhon Sawan. The railway authorities are closely following weather forecasts and preparing trucks so passengers can continue their journey safely and without delay.

Khao Yai trail, waterfalls shut down

Although the Khao Yai National Park remains open to visitors, the Khao Yai trail for trekkers as well as the Hin Ping rafting service and Haew Narok, Haew Suwat, Kong Kaew waterfalls were temporarily closed, a senior official said yesterday.

Sunun Arunnopparat, director-general of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, said the areas had been closed because the area had received more than 100 millimetres of rain, which might cause forest floods. He added that he had also instructed officials to assist flood-hit villagers in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong and Sikhiu districts, as well as Prachin Buri's Kabin Buri district.

SSO to be urged to offer low-interest loans

Labour Minister Chalermchai Sri-on has come with a policy to have the Social Security Office (SSO) put aside Bt10 billion to cover low-interest loans for SSO subscribers in the flood-hit provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Lop Buri, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaew, Rayong and Nakhon Nayok, the ministry spokesman said yesterday.

This plan will be submitted to the SSO board for consideration today, Sutham Natheethong said. Chalermchai also said the SSO should stop collecting contributions from subscribers in the six flood-hit provinces for three months. He also had the Department of Skills Development set up a war room at each affected province to help residents fix their electric appliances and vehicles among other thing.

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