BANGKOK, 24 October 2011 (NNT) – More flood evacuees are traveling from Thammasat University Rangsit Campus to Rajamangala Stadium after inundation prompted a need for their relocation while a number of volunteers have arrived at the new shelter.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism and Sports Chumpol Silpa-archa observed the condition of Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok, which had been designated as the new evacuation center for flood-affected people from Ayutthaya and nearby areas. The previous evacuation center at the Rangsit campus of Thammasat University, which was housing around 3,800 people, had to be shut down after floodwater successfully penetrated the dyke surrounding the university and inundated the entire campus.

The Minister stated that Rajamangala Stadium could accommodate up to 2,000 persons while sufficient food, drinking water and sleeping bags had already been prepared. If there is no rain and the Government can quickly release the floodwater into the sea, he believed the stadium, which is located in the Hua Mak area, would not experience any flooding.

The evacuees from Thammasat University are now gradually arriving at the stadium while over one thousand volunteers have already flocked to the site to provide them with assistance.

For the rest of the flood victims, two more evacuation centers have been launched at sport facilities in Saraburi and Chon Buri provinces with capacities of 2,000 and 4,000 persons respectively.