- Title: THAILAND: At least 94 people are killed in Thailand's worst floods in decades
- Date: 30th October 2010
- Summary: VARIOUS OF BOY GETTING HAIRCUT AT MAKESHIFT SALON
- Embargoed: 14th November 2010 12:00
- Location: Thailand, Thailand
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Disasters / Accidents / Natural catastrophes
- Reuters ID: LVACT304D12BGH5QA3SNPPSGT2DK
- Story Text: Thailand's provinces remained inundated due to the country's worst floods in decades which have left at least 76 people dead, Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said on Friday (October 29).
The water continued to flow from the north down to low-lying central Thailand including Sing Buri province, 145 kilometres (90 miles) north of Bangkok.
The villagers were struggling to continue their businesses despite the flood, although which had forced many shops to shut down.
Many people had to wade through floods everyday but some travelled by boats which would see the owners asking for about $1 U.S. dollar on each trip.
The relief supplies were handed to villagers in many areas and floating toilets were dispatched to the flood-affected areas to ensure the standard of hygiene for flooded victims.
The authorities also gave the plastic bags with boxes to villagers in wet lands to use as toilets.
The area of Inburi district in Sing Buri, has been flooded for four days.
Many people were evacuated to higher ground where temporary shelters are.
"It's difficult every time when it's flooded as it's hard to move stuff away and it's caused some damages. I'm a food vendor in the market. So when it floods, I have to run between my home and the market to move things away," said 54-year-old Nipon Rakdee.
Although many people were suffering in the floods some do not want to leave their homes.
"I can't really run away and I don't know what else to do. I have lived here for all my life so I don't know what to say. Everyone is facing the same problem," Nipon added.
Almost four million people are affected by the floods which have spread to 38 provinces since October 10 in the north, northeast, east and central part.
The water has receded but the water level remains high in 27 provinces which authorities said things could get back to normal by mid-November, provided the rain is not too heavy between now and then.
The government is estimating damages in the range of about 10 million baht ($333,800 U.S. dollars).
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