Thai PM visits flood-devastated south

15:32, March 31, 2011      

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Thursdau flied by an army helicopter to inspect the village hit by mudslides in southern Thailand, PM's Office Minister Sathit Wongnongtoey said.

Abhisit and his entourage will visit affected areas in the Khao Phanom district of Krabi province.

They will proceed to visit relatives of villagers killed in the mudslides and distribute survival kits at Wat Tham Kob before returning to Bangkok this evening.

The 4th Army commander would be asked to dispatch troops to help disaster-hit villagers in many localities, he said.

Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported on Thursday that about 13 people were confirmed dead and 181 others injured in eight southern provinces affected by serious flooding since March 23.

However, the death toll are expected to rise further since as many as 200 villagers were missing after the landslide struck the Khao Phanom district in Krabi province. About 50 homes were washed away by the mudslide.

Approximately 239,160 households and 842,324 people were affected by heavy rains and floods.

Source: Xinhua
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