THAILAND - Up to 51 flood victims in Prachin Buri have ended up in hospital after consuming food handed over as aid yesterday.
Of them, five were in a bad state and still being treated at hospital as of press time.
"The victims either began vomiting or got diarrhoea after eating the food that was handed out to them at a flood-relief centre in tambon Ban Hoi," Prachin Buri public-health chief Dr Nopporn Pongpleumpitichai said.
The flood-relief centre in Prachantakham district's tambon Ban Hoi was set up after strong currents of water broke down an earthen ridge in nearby Kabin Buri district and inundated the area.
Chachoengsao Governor Anukul Tangkananukulchai said the water current from Prachin Buri was so strong that many areas in his province were also flooded. Floods in Chachoengsao's Phanom Sarakham district are already a metre high.
Anukul said that though the floods were an inconvenience for many, some locals had decided to make the most of things and decided to start having fun splashing around.
"Even vendors showed up to sell things to those out playing," he said, adding that some villagers also began fishing in the floodwaters.
According to Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Chatchai Phromlert, flooding has now hit 24 provinces.
Since September 17, floods have ravaged more than 2.16 million rai of farmland and upset the lives of more than 2.87 million people. Over the same period, the flood-related death toll has risen to 27.