Agriculture Ministry allocates Bt100 million to tackle flooding

September 25th, 2008 - 11:14 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Caretaker Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Somsak Prissanananthakul travels to monitor the flood situation in Chaiyaphum province. He reports that the ministry has allocated 100 million baht from the 2009 fiscal budget to implement short-term projects in a bid to tackle flooding.

The caretaker minister also distributes supplies to the flood-affected people in Mueang Chaiyaphum Municipality and opened all ears to requests from the state sector to salvage the problems. Mr Somsak is welcomed by Chaiyaphum Governor Thaworn Phrommeechai (ถาวร พรหมมีชัย), the executive of the provincial administrative organization, and representatives of relevant government units.

Mr Somsak says the short-term projects include the dredging of canals and the construction of water gates to divert water courses. As for long-term projects, he says the ministry needs to construct large reservoirs in order to resolve problems concerning the whole water management system. Seven reservoirs will be constructed by the Royal Irrigation Department in the Northeast to prevent flooding and drought in eight Northeastern provinces where Chi (ชี) River passes. Four of the reservoirs are in Chaiyaphum.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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