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Uttaradit at risk of landslides, quakes

As well as being among 54 provinces most at risk of landslides, Uttaradit is also located on a faultline, which means that buildings higher than 15-storeys tall have to be earthquake proof, Worasart Apaipong, deputy chief of the Mineral Resources Department has said.

Worasart told a seminar in Uttaradit yesterday that on top of the risk of landslides, 60 per cent of the province faced the risk of earthquakes. Because of this a disaster-warning network has been set up to keep everybody, especially those living in high-risk zones, informed.

The agency will also conduct training workshops on dealing with natural disasters at other sub-districts this year.

Up to 22 provinces in Thailand have a 10-per-cent chance of being hit by a quake within a 50-year period because there are 14 groups of active faultlines.

Separately, Ranong Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Office chief Chawalit Nithornrat said officials had drawn up a map of areas most at risk pinpointing 85 villages in five districts that face the risk of mild to moderate quakes from Ranong faultlines.


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