Jakarta (ANTARA News) - As a follow up to an appeal issued on October 11, 2011, the Foreign Affairs Ministry on Thursday served a warning on Indonesians in Thailand on the major flood disaster in the country.

Based on monitoring of the recent flood situation in Bangkok and surroundings and also on an announcement from the Thai government, Indonesian citizens were warned that water currents had flooded some parts of the Thai capital.

"Until now the city center of Bangkok is still protected from flooding due to the strengthening of flood retaining walls in the north of Bangkok," the Foreign Affairs Ministry said on its website on Thursday.

Bangkok residents were still on alert to every possibility from the flood , especially in the eastern parts of Bangkok such as Khlong Samwa, Nong Chok, Min Buri, and Lat Krabang, also the western part of Bangkok, namely Bang Khen and surrounding areas.

The Indonesian embassy in Bangkok asked every Indonesian living in Bangkok and surrounding areas to remain ready to face the flood.

Besides, all Indonesians must also prepare themselves for the possibility of food, logistics and medicine shortages as the impact of the flood.

All Indonesians in Bangkok were also asked to report their whereabouts, names, addresses and reachable mobile phone numbers to the embassy`s email at pensosbud.bangkok@gmail.com.

The Indonesian embassy in Bangkok is always ready to help any flood-affected citizen, or provide any flood information from the Thai government. People can dial 1111 and press 9 for English.

Indonesian citizens needing assistance can contact the Embassy in Bangkok on the number +66805846919, +66814493090, +66819187255, +66843604761, +66827086100 and +66875938004.

It was earlier reported that as many as 33 Thai provinces are flooded. Industrial areas are also affected and suffering great financial losses, said Indonesian Deputy Ambassador to Thailand Primanto Hendrasmoro, Wednesday (Oct 19).

According to local weather forecasts, the flooding would continue until November 2011, and the Bangkok city government was trying to prevent the flood waters from entering the city center by channeling them into the sea through small rivers.

In warnings issued by Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra earlier as well the Bankok governor on October 11, 2011, there was a possibility Bangkok residents would have to be evacuated if the flood situation worsened as a consequence of three potential threats, namely rain-storms, water runoffs from upriver, and tidal waves from the Gulf of Thailand. (*)

Editor: Aditia Maruli Radja
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