No need to evacuate Pinoys in flooded Thailand areas — DFA

October 17, 2011 11:21 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 17 — The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday the Philippine Embassy in Thailand is monitoring round-the-clock the flooding situation in that country, especially with the threat of floodwaters swamping the capital Bangkok.

The DFA, quoting a report from the embassy, said that Philippine officials there met last week with various Filipino organizations in the country to prepare for emergency situations caused by the flooding.

The report said there is no need to evacuate Filipinos in flood-hit provinces of Thailand for now after the situation in these areas stabilized during the past few days.

Thailand First Consul Edgar Badajos said Filipinos stranded in their homes in the central province of Pathum Thani no longer need to be transferred to safer grounds, although the embassy is still finding ways to address the shortage of supplies for affected families.

He added that the embassy received calls for assistance from nine Filipino families from flood-hit areas during the past few days.

More than 200 people have perished in flooding in Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Sawan which started in late July due to heavy monsoon rains and water streaming.

A red alert remains hoisted over Bangkok due to the threat of heavy flooding caused by continued rain storms, overflowing dams and high tides in major rivers.

There are more than 5,000 Filipinos currently working in Thailand. (PNA) DCT/scs/FPV

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