CHAIYAPHUM, 23rd Oct 1020: Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva visited the North Eastern province of Chaiyaphum on Saturday by helicopter in order to give moral support to the flood victims during the distribution of flood relief kits.
The premier and his Aide Ongart Klmpaiboon, flew via a Blackhawk helicopter to the flood hit Chaiyaphum to ensure the smooth running of measures put in place to help the flood victims in the province.
On arrival at the province Prime Minister Abhisit was briefed about the latest situation before being taken by boat to assess the damage to the city. In some areas, the water level had dropped slightly, but most areas are still holding the water which is over two meters deep.
Local residents affected by the flood were told by Mr. Abhisit that all avenues would be used in providing help for them.
He went on to say that the government would relax its regulations in compensating flood affected people in order to make it easier for the victims to get help.
Defense Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan said they have prepared the armed forces to respond quickly to the flood in Bangkok, with all vehicles including boats and helicopters ready for use in accessing disaster areas and helping in the aftermath of the flood in every province.
As of Saturday morning, the Royal Irrigation Department released water from the Chao Phraya and Rama VI dams which is flowing to the Gulf of Thailand via Bangkok at 4,134 cubic meters per second.
The water level in the Chao Phraya River at the Pakklongtalad flower market was 1.76 meters above sea level on Saturday morning, 16 cm higher than Friday evening.
Due to the monthly high tide, the water level is expected to continue rising and people who live along the Chao Phraya River have been warned to remain alert.
On Saturday morning, the death toll of the flood victims had risen to 32.
During 10th-23rd October, the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand said on its website that 32 people died as a result of being swept away by the flood water and in accidents with vehicles as they were washed away.