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All Bangkok districts at risk
All 50 districts in Bangkok were still at risk of flooding after a sluice gate in Khlong Sam Wa was opened to a metre-wide, Bangkok deputy governor Thirachon Manomaipiboon said on Tuesday.
The first three districts that would face the flood were Bang Kapi, Saphan Sung and Bung Kum, Mr Thirachon said.
Opposition Democrat MPs and a senator expressed doubts about the government's ability to secure sufficient funds for the project.
However, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said yesterday the funding estimate of between Bt600 billion and Bt800 billion put forward by Energy Minister Pichai Naripthaphan was only a preliminary figure. A study was still needed to determine the project's details and required budget, she said.
Recovery plans move ahead
Information and Communications Technology Minister Anudith Nakhonthap said the NESDB proposed broad measures without going into detail on how much money would be needed for their implementation.
Industrial estates to get power
PEA Governor Narongsak Kamales said that initially, the 7 industrial estates need power to pump out massive water. Then, when the process is completed and factories are ready to resume operations, the full supply would be restored, likely in 30 days.
Food imports increased
Referring to the Cabinet’s meeting this week, he said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra instructed all to do their best in helping flood victims. Under the Commerce Ministry’s responsibility, shortages of food must be addressed.
He said that such items would be imported from Asean countries including 7 million eggs from Malaysia and Hong Kong. The ministry will also import 400,000 canned food and 1 million drinking water bottles. He expected all to arrive in Thailand within this week.
Flood death totals
The floods still prevail in 147 districts of 26 provinces, affecting 2,110,152 people, the department said.
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