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Prayut urges all to exercise caution against flooding

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed all agencies concerned to be fully prepared for possible flooding during the months of September and October, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said.

The prime minister attaches high importance on flood prevention. He said storms which usually come during the monsoon season must be specially monitored. Although many agencies have said there will not be major flooding this year as the one in 2011, we must not be unprepared because a recurrence of that situation cannot be ruled out.

He has ordered agencies concerned to closely follow up the water volume during the months of September and October, Lt Gen Sansern said.

After the cabinet meeting today (Aug 15), Gen Prayut will call a meeting of director-generals of the Thai Meteorological, Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, Water Resources and Royal Irrigation departments as well as heads of other relevant agencies to discuss the integration of flood prevention work, he said.

The agencies would also discuss the transfer of Water Resources Department from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to the PM's Office.

The spokesman said the prime minister also wants to see flood prevention plans for important installations such as hospitals, airports and economic areas in place.

Lt Gen Sansern said the prime minister has been reported that the flooding situation which prevailed during July-August has eased.

Only eight provinces � Sakon Nakhon, Kalasin, Nakhon Phanom, Roi Et, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani, Nong Khai and Ayutthaya � are still affected by flooding.

The Royal Irregation Department and the navy have sent water pushing equipment to affected areas to drain water out.

It is believed the situation will return to normal in one week, if with no more heavy rain, Lt Gen Sansern said.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)