11 July 2024

The Royal Thai Air Force will make two more flights today to deliver additional relief items donated by His Majesty the King to victims of massive flooding from water dischaged from the collapsed Xe Pian Xe Namnoy dam in Attapeu provinces after two C-130 airplanes completed the first delivery on Wednesday night.

Air Marshal Pongsak Semachai, deputy director of the Civil Affairs Department and air force spokesman, said that on Wednesday nights two C-130 transport planes delivered 10,000 bottles of drinking waer, 2,000 towels, 49 water filters, a quantity of medicine and 5,000 sets of survival kits.

He said the two aircraft were ready for take-off yesterday afternoon but were delayed by bad weather and heavy rain at Pakse airport. The planes finally departed from Wing 6 at Don Mueang military airport at 10.50pm and arrived at Pakse airport 15 minutes after midnight.

Worawut Pongprapapan, the Thai consul-general at Savannakhet, was at the airport to receive the relief items and hand over them to the Lao authorities.

Two more flights will be made to Pakse today with more relief items, he added.

In a related development, Arun Pinta, chief of the office of disaster prevention and mitigation of Kanchanaburi, revealed on Thursday morning that he received a LINE message from Vilayphong Srisomvang, deputy director-general of the National Disaster Management Office of Laos indicating the types of relief supplies most needed by flood victims.

“We urgently need mobile toilets, tents, drinking water and aluminum rescue boats,” Mr Vilayphong said in the message.