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The government is bracing for the expected rains in the southern region during 16-18 January 2017, improving drainage capabilities and warning the public on potential dangers.
Government Spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd has revealed the flooding situation in many areas of the southern region has receded, although some areas in Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Trang, and Songkhla remain flooded. The government is scrambling its efforts to drain the water with 70 water pumps and 50 flow thrusters.
Authorities are working to lower water levels in rivers and canals to allow for a faster drainage capacity, as more rains are expected during 16-18 January 2017.
“The general public in the southern provinces are advised to be aware of the potential danger in the next 1-3 days, such as landslides, flash floods, and the sudden increase of water level. The public should relocate valuable items to high areas and to commute with caution, especially at coastal areas where strong winds and high waves are expected. Small boats are advised to remain ashore,” says the spokesman.
Authorities and private companies have joined hands to help clean areas where floodwater has receded, while officials are working to repair damages buildings, appliances, vehicles, roads, and infrastructures. The government will be providing compensation to cases of casualty, damage to houses, farmlands, and occupational equipment.
“The Prime Minister has urged provincial governments to inform the public and effectively manage their flood warning systems during this time. The Ministry of Interior has been instructed to gather urban plans to determine a long-term solution to drainage.
The general public in affect areas are advised to closely monitor announcements from authorities and local government agencies. For immediate assistance please call the 1111 government hotline, or the 1784 DDPM emergency hotline, with services provided around the clock.”