The Prime Minister of Thailand Yingluck Shinawatra has presided over a video conference to coordinate the flood relief efforts of the governments from flood-hit provinces.
Shinawatra has discussed with the governors of Chiang Mai, Chaiyaphum, Khon Kaen and Maha Sarakham, Uthai Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, and Ang Thong the preliminary plans against possible flooding and to issue warnings to people in advance.
The prime minister has also ordered via video conference the Royal Irrigation Department to oversee flood management and the Internal Security Operations Command to deploy forces to aid flood victims.
The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department has also been ordered to provide temporary shelters, equipment, bags of essentials and blankets to the flood-devastated areas.
Interior Ministry Permanent Secretary Vichean Chavalit and the government spokesperson also attended the conference.
It is expected that THB 40 billion (US$1.3 billion)is needed for flood relief operations.
The results of the conference will be used to assess the flood situation and to enable officials to handle the flood relief operations more effectively.
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