EM balls produced by royal project

national November 02, 2011 00:00

By The Nation

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The Learning Centre under the Royal Self-Sufficiency Economy in Chumphon's Muang district is set to produce 500,000 EM (effective micro-organism) mudballs to help disinfect contaminated flood waters in many areas, provincial governor Phinij Charoenphanic

The centre has produced around 100,000 of these balls, which are ready for delivery to many provinces in the North and Central regions. One EM ball can disinfect 4-square metres of polluted water and those interested can call 1567.

Wiwat Sallayakamthorn, chairman of the Institute of Sufficiency Economy, launched the project seeking support from many charities and agencies to teach locals the technology. EM mudballs produced under this project have proved to be successful in dealing with contaminated water.

Debris and garbage can be seen floating in the floods in Nakhon Sawan, and so far, only urban areas have been cleared, municipality chief Jitkasem Nirojthanaphat said. He added that though thousands of tonnes of garbage had been collected, there was plenty more floating around.

Jitkasem said eight of Nakhon Sawan’s 15 districts were under 2 metres of water and it would take at least a month for the flooding to recede.

Meanwhile, liquid disinfectant is being used in Lop Buri’s Tha Wung district to deal with widespread contamination, though garbage collection and initial restoration work is underway. Tha Wung hospital also reopened yesterday after months of closure, though it can only deal with non-serious cases. All complicated cases, including the delivery of children, have been transferred to other facilities.

A restoration plan for historic sites damaged by the flooding has been completed and should be submitted to the Cabinet next week, Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome said, adding that traditional performances would be provided at shelters and communities no longer flooded to help ease stress for those affected.

National police chief General Priewpan Damapong had mobilised officers in 26 flooded provinces to help affected residents as well as guard the 214 sluice gates and 458 pumping stations from possible destruction by frustrated villagers.

He also ordered police commanders to be prepared to provide security for six months after the floods have receded.

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