Thai Defense Minister visits flood-hit areas in Rayong to provide military support

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Rayong province —

Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who is suspended from his duty as PM awaiting a constitutional court decision on his term limit, visited Rayong province to provide military support and boost the morale of the locals affected by flooding on Friday, September 16th.

More than 25,000 households in six districts of Rayong province were left inundated from consecutive downpours and high tides over the past few days, the spokesperson of Defense Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said, following the minister’s visit to meet with the affected locals this morning.

The minister asked the military officers to continue their assistance in providing food and shelter to people in the Thap Ma subdistrict. Prayut told the local media: “I want the officers to devise plans in advance to tackle the flooding. People who need to travel past flooded areas should be wary of diseases that come with floodwaters like leptospirosis.”

He then went on to boost the morale of bedridden patients at Thap Ma Hospital and handed bags of basic necessities to them.

According to the spokesperson, 1,200 military personnel, 30 military trucks, 42 boats, and many ambulances were deployed to aid people around Rayong province.

Meanwhile, Deputy Health Minister Satit Pitutecha gave an interview about the current flood situation in Rayong. He said: “Most of the hospitals like Rayong Hospital and Tambon Health Promoting Hospital remain fully operational. Even though some people want to stay home to defend their properties, it is alright because medical personnel are willing to provide at-home medical services.”


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Aim Tanakorn
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