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Thai House meeting called on floods


09:22, October 25, 2011

BANGKOK, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's House Speaker has called a meeting of members of the House of Representatives to discuss flood situation on Oct. 26 and 27, Deputy House Speaker Charoen Chankomol said on Monday.

Charoen said the House meeting will consider urgent motions on ways to solve the flood problem and to help the flood victims on the current floods and landslides crisis.

He believed the ongoing floods in suburb of Bangkok would not obstruct the planned meeting but if it is necessary the meeting could be postponed.

Since widespread floods inflicted by heavy monsoon rains and tropical storms have affected 62 provinces late July, or forth- fifths of the country, over 9.4 million people have suffered and more than 350 dead.

Ten thousand factories were inundated, putting over 600,000 employees at the risk of unemployment.

The country's capital city is on the verge of being flooded as massive floodwater from upper north and outflow from several canals could wreak havoc.

Although the recent assessment of economic damage was put at around 13 billion U.S. dollars, the figure could double if Bangkok is swamped.


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