Angthong - As heavy rainfall continued in many parts of Thailand strong currents broke through flood prevention barriers Tuesday and inundated Muang Angthong Municipality under 60 centimetres of water.
Meanwhile, the Public Health Ministry prepared a Bt10 million budget to help floodaffected patients after the number of sick people reached 100,000.
The strong currents at predawn yesterday burst the barriers - including piles of sandbags and existing earthen dikes - and submerged government offices, hospitals, schools, and Kasetsuwaphan Market.
Chaiyo, Pa Moke, Wiset Chai Chan, and Sawaengha districts - submerged for nearly 10 days now - also saw water rising.
Governor Wiboon Sanguanpong said floods affected over 10,000 residents in six districts and had damaged over 3,000 rai of farmland. Since floodwaters and persistent rainfall continued adding to this "crisis", officials were unable to assess the damage.
Permanent Secretary for Public Health, Dr Prat Boonyawongwirot, who gave medical supplies to Pa Moke residents said the ministry had set Bt10 million for a central fund to assist flood victims and had found nearly 100,000 patients in 11 floodhit provinces - mostly suffering from conjunctivitis to athlete's foot and diarrhoea.
The floods caused several deaths by drowning yesterday; three in Sukhothai, one in Tak, one in Nakhon Ratchasima, one in Si Sa Ket, and a student who went missing in strong flood currents in Prachin Buri.
In Nakhon Sawan, residents in floodhit Chumsaeng and Kao Lieo districts now suffer foulsmelling stagnant floodwater and toilet shortages. Its wellknown natural lake, Bung Boraphet, overflowed inundating ten tambons in Tha Tako district, while a Tha Tako municipality market also was under 50centimetres of water.
In Sukhothai's Muang district, officials hurried to repair eroded earthen dikes to prevent the rising Nan River from flooding the inner city and economic zones.
Phitsanulok provincial administration body gave 100 pairs of plastic boots to villagers in floodhit Bang Rakham district to prevent a leptospirosis outbreak. The province so far had five such cases but no reported deaths.
In Tak's Phop Phra district, a forest runoff at 5am yesterday destroyed one and submerged ten other homes on the ThaiBurma border.
In Lop Buri, the Pasak Cholasit Dam increased its waterreleasing to 35 million cubic metres, after 84 million cubic metres of water poured into the dam yesterday. It is now at 89 per cent of its capacity.
The Royal Irrigation office in Nakhon Ratchasima said Lam Takong, Lam Phra Pleung, Lam Chae, and Lam Mul Bon reservoirs now contained enough water for the next year's dry season.
In Khon Kaen's Wang Yai district, heavy rainfall caused the Chi River to overflow and flood nearly 9,600 rai of farmland and affected 671 families.
In Si Sa Ket's Uthumphon Phisai district, dozens of homes were under one metre of water following two days of very heavy rains, but people remained positive as the depression had brought muchneeded water to their droughtstricken crops and would fill reservoirs for next dry season.
The Meteorological Department said the lowpressure cell - downgraded from tropical depression Xangsane - would bring heavy rain to some areas of lower Northern, Central, and Eastern Thailand.
Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon would bring heavy downpours in Bangkok this evening and further rain to the southern provinces of Ranong, Chumphon, and Phang Nga. The department is also monitoring another storm "Bebinca" - now developing in the Philippines.