Thailand determined to prevent flooding this year

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Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 31 at 4:31 AM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's prime minister says she is determined to prevent a repeat of the disastrous flooding that hit Thailand last year, submerging crops, factories and leaving nearly 800 people dead.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra unveiled her government's flood protection measures Friday, as the rainy season gets under way and flooding concerns mount.

She said the government has built more flood barriers to protect important economic zones, installed more pumps and removed obstacles from rivers and canals to reduce water flow. It also plans to invest $11 million in a long-term water management system.

She said: Through "concrete measures and massive investment we are determined to protect our people and communities, our industry and economy from the threat of floods."

Last year's floods were the country's worst in half a century.

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