BANGKOK, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday ordered relevant agencies and local authorities to step up efforts to support flood-affected areas.
At a meeting on flood situation management and assistance, Prayut urged efforts to assist local residents and entrepreneurs who have been badly affected by the flood, acting government spokesperson Anucha Burapachaisri said.
Prayut also ordered public agencies and the military to mobilize personnel and equipment to help evacuate affected people to safe areas, and provide food, drinking water and medicine to those in need, according to Anucha.
The prime minister is scheduled to take a field trip to northeastern Thailand's Khon Kaen and Ubon Ratchathani provinces on Tuesday to inspect the flood situation, the spokesperson said.
As of Monday, heavy rainfall has triggered flooding in 16 provinces in the country, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation under the Ministry of Interior.