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Thailand Live Thursday 3 November 2011

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Animals in danger as Safari World submerged

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THE NATION

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Flood water inundated half of the 500-rai Safari World on Tuesday evening after the upstream Klong Sam Wa sluice gate was raised to 1 metre from the normal 0.8 metre after a road was blocked by angry residents.

The water level in the wildlife park, which was 50 centimetres deep on average and up to a metre in some areas yesterday, put tens of thousands of animals at the open zoo - many of them valuable rare species - in danger.

Litti Kewkacha, executive vice president of Safari World, which is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand, said the flood water had engulfed the entire Safari Park zone, which accounts for 50 per cent of the zoo's area, while Marine Park, which occupies the remainder, had yet to find itself under water.

With both zones closed yesterday, Safari Park's opening will be decided on a daily basis. The owner plans to reopen the unaffected Marine Park today.

The wildlife park's three parking zones were flooded overnight on Tuesday. "Our priority is to control the flood water in our complex and protect more than 1,000 wild animals, including deer, antelopes, zebras and caged buffaloes, as well as 60,000 fish and more than 10,000 birds, living at our Safari World complex from the floods.

"Most of the animals in the Safari Park zone have been moved into the dry area, where they can stay and adjust to the water very well. However, our key focus has been to save high-value and rare animals, such as 120 giraffes and more than 20 belugas and dolphins," Litti said.

He added that Safari World had one of the largest herds of giraffes in captivity in the world.

"We cannot estimate the cost of the damage at the moment. We need to monitor the flood situation very carefully day by day," he said.

The executive said Safari World estimated its revenue loss to date at between Bt100 million and Bt150 million because of the flooding, which had caused the number of visitors to drop by almost 80 per cent.

It normally attracts between 3,000 and 4,000 visitors per day, of whom 80 per cent are foreign tourists, mainly from Europe, Russia, the Middle East and India.

"Since the flooding crisis, all our Thai visitors have disappeared, as they are in no mood to entertain themselves. All function activities, such as family days and staff parties, have been cancelled," Litti said.

He said that if the flooding lasted a long time, foreign visitors would also be seriously affected, as they would cancel their trips to Bangkok, especially during the high season.

The government should try to raise the confidence of foreign tourists, telling them that Bangkok will return to normal as soon as possible when the flood waters recede, he added.

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-- The Nation 2011-11-03

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North, Northeast buses to be re-routed

The Nation

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Buses bound for the North and Northeast will be re-routed because of floods, the Transport Co announced yesterday.

Northbound buses will depart from the Mor Chit 2 terminal, take the Srirach Expressway for Samut Sakhon's Mahachai and Ban Phaeo districts, go through Nakhon Pathom's Kamphaeng Saen district, Suphan Buri's Si Prachan and Sam Chuk districts, then Sing Buri's Bang Rachan and Muang districts and Nakhon Sawan's Takhli, Tak Fas and Phaisali districts, before joining the usual route.

Northeast-bound buses will also use the Srirach Expressway, go past Suvarnabhumi Airport, then go to Chachoengsao's Bang Nam Prieo and Phanom Sarakham districts, Prachin Buri, Nakhon Nayok's Pak Phli and Ban Na districts, and Saraburi's Wihan Daeng and Muang districts before continuing on the usual route.

In separate news, cars parked to flee flooding were towed away because they were causing traffic jams, were double-parked or blocked the Pracha Chuen tollgate.

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-- The Nation 2011-11-03

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China sends 500 boats

The Nation

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Foreign Minister Surapong Towichukchaikul said yesterday that 500 motorised rubber dinghies were being flown in from China and that Japan had informed him that it had earmarked Bt380 million in aid money.

He added that General Pracha Promnok, director of the Flood Relief Operations Centre, was to prepare a list of items that the money would be spent on.

In addition, he said, the government had ordered six diesel-powered pumps worth Bt10 million from India for the Royal Irrigation Department.

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-- The Nation 2011-11-03

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Agency to distribute drinking water

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The Groundwater Resources Department will distribute at least 100,000 bottles of drinking water every day free of charge in 11 Bangkok districts, department chief Praneet Roibang said yesterday, adding that all of these districts should have drinking water by Friday tomorrow.

The distribution points are: Chatuchak Groundwater Resource Department; Chatuchak Park; Wat Sammakkheetham; Klong Chan housing estate in Bang Kapi; Prapaswittaya School in Bueng Kum; Planetarium in Klong Toei; Wat Lat Bua Khao in Saphan Sung; Ratchasit Technical College in Bang Bon; Phra Khanong's Wat Washirathamsathit; Phulcharoen Wittayakhom School in Bang Phli; and Wat Tamrhu at Samut Prakan's Muang district.

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-- The Nation 2011-11-03

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Min Buri factories prepare for deluge

The Nation

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Though floods have not reached Bang Chan Industrial Estate, many factories in Min Buri have been temporarily closed, while those that are still open only operate during the day, the estate's office director Prapas Khlaisri said yesterday.

At present, troops are guarding and reinforcing flood barriers around the estate, which has 93 factories, employing 13,800 workers, with a total investment of Bt19.844 billion, he said.

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-- The Nation 2011-11-03

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