As flooding still prevails in nine southern provinces, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to visit Trang and Nakhon Si Thammarat on Friday (Dec 8) for inspection, a government source said.
Gen Prayut and his entourage will first travel to Muang and Kantang districts of Trang province to see the situation, before listening to a briefing on a water draining project for the Trang River from concerned officials.
He will then visit the flood-hit people and distribute relief items and survival kits in Trang, before proceeding to Nakhon Si Thammarat.
According to the latest summary of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, eleven provinces had been hit by massive flooding between Nov 25-Dec 6. The situation has eased in Krabi and Satun, leaving 88 districts of nine provinces partly inundated.
The nine provinces are Pattani, Yala, Songkhla, Phatthalung, Trang, Chumphon, Narathiwat, Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani.
The department has coordinated with military units, local administrations and other agencies to deliver relief items to flood-hit areas.
The nine provinces have set up temporary shelters for flood evacuees and mobilised all resources to drain water into main waterways and the sea.
Udomporn Kan, chief of the Nakhon Si Thammarat disaster prevention and mitigation office, said 23 districts of the provinces have been affected, particularly Khanom, Sichon, Nop Phitam, Tha Sala, Phrom Khiri, Phra Phrom, Thung Song, Chang Klang, Nabon, Phipun, Chawang and Tham Phannara districts. More than 400,000 people of some 130,000 households have been affected. Vehicular traffic on many roads requires extra caution.
On Wednesday morning (Dec 6), parts of the roads linking Nakhon Si Thammarat with Surat Thani and with Chawang, Ron Phibun, Tha Sala and Nop Phitam district were heavily flooded and impassable to all vehicles.
In Phra Phrom district, houses in low-lying areas were over 1.30 metres under water, forcing many schools to close.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)