Thai flood causes $34 million in damage to roads

17:04, October 19, 2010      

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Damage to roads caused by heavy floods now hitting Northeastern area is estimated at 1 billion baht (33.5 million U.S. dollars) and to rail tracks at 17-18 million baht (569 million U.S. dollars), transport minister said on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the ministry would cover the cost of repairs from its existing budget and would not have to wait for cabinet approval.

As of Tuesday morning, all train services had resumed except the Bangkok-Nong Khai province route. The Nong Khai service was expected to return to normal this afternoon, the minister said, adding that a call centre had been opened to take complaints.

Mobile units had been put on alert around the clock at all risk spots along flooded highways to provide assistance for travellers in trouble and repair broken down vehicles, he said.

The flash flooding in the Northeastern Province of Naknon Ratchasima have killed at least five people, heavily damaged hospitals in the province and making roads and railways disconnected.

Source: Xinhua


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