Yingluck to head new flood agency

January 31, 2012
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BANGKOK, Thailand -- The Strategic Formulation Committee for Reconstruction and Future Development has recommended creating a 'single command agency,' chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, to oversee an integrated plan for national water management, The Nation reported.

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    The new agency will urge all related departments to work together to prevent floods. As a short-term measure, it will order the clearing of all canals, rivers, and water channels.

    Yingluck pitched the agency at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland to prove to international investors that Thailand will better deal with flood disasters in the future, Thai Business News reported.

    The government also announced Monday (January 30th) that Yingluck will undertake her first overnight trip to the provinces from February 14th-17th, visiting the heavily flood-affected areas of Phitsanulok and Ayutthaya.

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