Thai gov't establishes command center to tackle increasing flooding

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-11 17:44:56|Editor: Xiang Bo
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BANGKOK, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday told the media that his administration had established a command center to tackle flood problems, especially in northern Thailand.

Prayut said the water management command center will be under the implementation of the Interior Ministry and headed by Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

"Water-related issues are a national priority," said Prayut, "Our government has master plans for 23 of 25 river basins nationwide already."

Prayut also said that the projects from the master plans have considerably reduced the government's costs in helping victims of water-related problems.

Ongoing flooding in many areas resulted from torrential rain and the government will be closely monitoring all impacts, Prayut said.

He also said that financial assistance for flood victims was huge and had to be spent with transparency.

The government had measures to cope with flooding including water retention areas and its continuous solutions were alleviating the problem, Prayut said.