Thailand's flood death toll rises to 19

15:48, October 22, 2010      

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The death toll of the flood, which has been ravaging nearly one-third of Thailand's provinces since weekend, rose to 19, and 1,280,344 people had been affected, said the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Friday.

The department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Thursday that 15 people had lost their lives in the flooding. One person was reported still missing in Nakhon Ratchasima.

The department said from Oct. 10 to 22, the flood hit 186 districts of 29 provinces in the North, Northeast, East and Central Plains.

Several northeastern and central provinces began to see flood last weekend due to heavy monsoon rainfall, with the northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima hit most severely.

More provinces suffered flood water in the following days and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday said the Cabinet has approved an urgent allocation of 100 million baht (3.3 million U.S. dollars) to help provinces affected by flood.

Bangkok braced itself for flood, too, as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) expected the flood water will arrive the capital city on Oct. 26 or 27. Deputy Bangkok Governor Pornthep Techapaiboon said on Thursday that more than 200,000 sandbags had already been in place to form temporary embankments along the Chao Phya River which runs through the capital, in addition to the permanent embankment.

Sanya Cheenimit, who heads the BMA's Drainage and Sewerage Department, said all 214 water gates in the capital were now closed to prevent water from the Chao Phya from flowing into canals.Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王千原雪)

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