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51 flood victims hospitalized after eating free food

51 flood victims in Prachin Buri were given free food that caused sickness and diarrhea; five of them are in a serious condition.

The flood relief center in Prachantakham district’s tambon Ban Hoi was set up after strong currents of water broke down an earthen ridge in the nearby district of Kabin Buri.

Governor Anukul Tangkananukulchai said that the current from Prachin Bur was so strong that many areas in his province were also flooded and the floods in the Phanom Sarakham were already a meter high, he said that for many residents the floods were causing a lot of inconvenience yet others were enjoying splashing about in the water.

2.16 million rai of farmland and over 2.87 million people been affected by the floods and the  since September  17th.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has instructed provincial governors to survey affected properties and farmland, and deliver assistance to victims. She is also insisting that all infrastructure damage be fixed immediately after the floods subside.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra, meanwhile, assured residents that city officials were prepared to deal with floods, though he thinks that some parts of the capital might end up getting flooded in the event of non-stop downpours  and has advised people to slow down when driving along flooded roads.

Meanwhile, the Pasak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri, which is only about 150 kilometers from Bangkok, is close to brimming over. It is currently about 96 per cent full and the Royal Irrigation Department has started releasing about 600 cubic meters of water per second from the dam.

People living along the Pasak River in Saraburi and Ayutthaya have been warned to closely monitor its water levels. “The water will rise,” the department warned.

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