Latest Thailand flood news: 30 provinces, 2 million people, more coming

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Residents sit on a loader as it makes its way down a flooded street at Srimahaphot district in Prachin Buri provinceThailand — More than two million people in 30 Thai provinces have been affected by floods since September 17, said Chatchai Promlert, chief of the Disasters Prevention and Mitigation Department.

In the latest flood-related news:

The Royal Irrigation Department is warning of more flooding in Ayutthaya and its downstream areas, with the Pasak River rising by as much as 1.5 meters Sunday, according to reports.

Governor Witthaya Phiewpong of Ayutthaya called on authorities to open the sluice gates in Bang Pakong and Bang Pu areas to alleviate the flooding.

Saturday the Meteorological Department issued a warning for people in 10 provinces in the Central Plains region and the East to prepare for heavy rain triggered by a monsoon over the next few days.

The 10 provinces are: Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Nakhon Nayok, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, and Trat.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who made a trip Saturday to Pathum Thani to inspect the flooding situation there, is scheduled to hold a meeting with the Water and Flood Management Commission, the armed forces, and state agencies next week to discuss the flood situation.

Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra Saturday ruled out the possibility of a flood crisis in the capital, saying the situation was not a concern.

Royol Chitradon, director of the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute said eastern Bangkok would not be severely inundated like it was in 2011. Image/Reuters / Chaiwat Subprasom

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