Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Princess visits flood-hit Ayutthaya

Princess visits flood-hit Ayutthaya

Chiang Mai to send caravan

HRH Princess Chakri Sirindhorn on Tuesday visited flood-hit residents in Ayutthaya, which has been hard hit by the disaster after some embankments collapsed on Monday.

The Princess gave our relief items and bags to people during her visit. She also had royal-sponsored medical teams from Ramathibodi Hospital give treatment to those affected by the flooding.

After the embankments collapsed, a massive amount of water overflowed into the municipal area.

Hospitals in the province were forced to evacuate patients in a critical condition to other hospitals and hundreds of people were forced to leave their houses while others found themselves homeless.

The princess visited rice mills under the royal-initiated Chai Pattana Foundation in the province's Lat Bua Luang district and travelled to Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University's Wang Noi campus, which has been set up as a shelter for affected people.
The Princess also ordered the setting up of kitchens in the campus to provide meals for flood-hit people.

Meanwhile Chiang Mai authorities will send 200 personnel and other necessary items including mobile toilets and boats to help affected people in Ayutthaya.

The authorities together with private sector firms in Chiang Mai, which was hit by severe floods in the middle of last month, will soon release a caravan of relief items including 3,000 sets of supply bags, three mobile toilets, ten boats and other equipment. The caravan is expected to reach Ayutthaya by Tuesday night.

The caravan will be in the province for a week.

Boonlert Buranupakorn, chairman of Chiang Mai's Provincial Administrative Organisation said that the authority would allocate about Bt5 million to help people in Ayutthaya.

Meanwhile Adisak Assanimana, a member of Central Islamic Committee, said a centre will be set up at Ayutthaya's Bang Pa-in district office to help provide Halal food for Thai-Muslim residents in the province.

Ayutthaya has a large Muslim community.

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