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PM inspects flood situation in Sukhothai

Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha  on Friday afternoon inspected the flood situation and visited flood victims in the lower northern province of Sukhothai, pledging that his new administration would try to solve the current flood problem as soon as possible.
Accompanied by Commerce Minister Gen Chatchai Sarikalaya, Deputy Defence Minister Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, the prime minister flew to Sukhothai by helicopter after delivering his government’s policy statement to the National Legislative Assembly.
They landed in Sukhothai’s Kong Krailat district and visited flood victims.
Gen Prayuth told journalists before his departure that about eight districts in the province are still severely flooded.
He said he would try to solve the province's  problems of flooding during the monsoon season and drought during the summer.
However, Gen Prayuth admitted that it was difficult to solve the problem because the Yom River which passes Sukhothai has a “U shape” and draining the water is a difficult task.
The premier said he would order the water management committee and concerned officials to inspect the river and find solutions to the problem.
Flooding problem has earlier devastated 32 provinces, mostly in the North and the Northeast, but a number of them have returned to normal, Gen Prayuth said, adding that his government would try to solve the problem and provide assistance to flood victims as soon as possible.

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