Thursday, October 27, 2011

Military maps out four-point plan to deal with floods

The Nation October 27, 2011 4:01 am

The Defence Ministry will mobilise 50,000 soldiers, 1,000 vehicles and 1,000 boats to brace for worsening flood conditions in Bangkok, spokesman Colonel Thanathip Sawangsaeng said on Thursday.

Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha chaired a meeting with top military commanders to finalise preparations for flood control in the face of run-off coinciding with high tides from Friday to Monday.

Thanathip said the military had mapped out a four-point plan to deal with the inundation.

As the first step, soldiers and equipment would be deployed to try to deter and divert the water flow.

In the second step, should the flood happen, all essential services, such as electricity, tap water, public communication and transport, must remain operational.

In the third step, the military will be a secondary unit in assisting the evacuation of flood victims. Science Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi is to take the primary responsibility in the matter.

The capital has designated shelters to accommodate some 10,000 flood victims in 23 districts.

In the fourth step, the military will assist in the recovery efforts following the drainage of floodwater.
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