PM denies bungling flood warnings

Govt, Pheu Thai trade blame for disaster

The armed forces began all-out efforts on the weekend to get relief and aid to flood-stricken areas. Above, army officers provide aid packets to stranded Sakon Nakhon residents. (Photo Twitter/@wassanananuam)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned politicians Sunday not to exploit the flood situation for political gain, insisting the government has done its best to handle situations in several provinces.

The reaction came after Pheu Thai politicians criticised the government for failing to warn residents of imminent major flooding in the Northeast, particularly the hardest hit province, Sakon Nakhon.

Government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said the prime minister wanted people to know the Meteorological Department and the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department issued warnings about weather conditions and sent officials and volunteers to keep the public informed since the day the rain started -- in line with the "safety Thailand" policy.

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