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Jakarta Post

Flooding in east Thailand worst in 50 years

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Bangkok   /   Wed, October 23, 2013   /  01:58 pm

Flooding in Phimai district in Nakhon Ratchasima, one of the hardest hit areas, is expected to peak over the next few days.

"At this point, I am most worried about Phimai," Water and Flood Management Commission chairman Plodprasop Suraswadi said yesterday.

Phimai was in a low-lying zone and would take in run-off water from nearby areas, he said.

Plodprasop, who is also a deputy prime minister, said the east was facing its worst floods in 50 years.

Floodwater recently swamped some public areas of the Amata Nakorn Industrial Estate in Chon Buri, a part of the East. While no factories have been inundated, the flooding forced some companies to suspend operations as workers found it hard to get to work.

Plodprasop said that although the flooding situation in the East was like the big flood in 2011 in many ways, collaboration between the government and the private sector plus their growing experience had allowed all stakeholders to protect economic zones.


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