Plodprasop: Flood situation ‘improving’
- Published: 12 Oct 2013 at 11.27
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Flood conditions in the Chao Phraya River basin are easing, Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasop Suraswadi said on Saturday.
Speaking on the weekly Yingluck Government Meets the People programme on NBT, Mr Plodprasop said water levels in the Chao Phraya from Nakhon Sawan downward to the central plains were receding.
However, people living on low-lying land and areas outside flood prevention walls in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani could be affected by high sea tides over the next few days, said Mr Plodprasop, who is also the chairman of the Water and Flood Management Commission.
He assured that there would be no great flood in Bangkok as happened in 2011.
Flooding has taken a toll on tourism, however, with estimated losses of 708 million in nine provinces, according to Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Phurisisak.
Phitsanulok had the highest amount of damage at 223 million baht, followed by Ayutthaya, Ubon Ratchathani, Suphan Buri, Prachin Buri, Lop Buri, Si Sa Ket, Sing Buri and Chainat, he said.
Mr Somsak said reports about flooding had discouraged tourists from visiting these provinces despite the fact that most destinations and resorts had not been damaged by floodwaters.
The ministry has surveyed the flood-hit provinces to come up with rehabilitation plans and assistance for flood-affected tourism business operators, he added.