05 Oct '11, 9am

Thailand rushes condoms to flood victims

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand scrambled on Wednesday to airlift condoms and other emergency health supplies to victims of its worst floods in decades to prevent a feared surge in unplanned pregnancies. Five helicopters began transporting medicine and other provisions from the Public Health Ministry in Bangkok to seven locations in the central province of Lop Buri, which has been severely inundated. 'Local volunteers told us that villagers have nothing to do during the floods, so to prevent a baby boom we added condoms too,' an official at the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand told AFP. The unusually severe monsoon floods have killed 237 people and affected three-quarters of the country, including the northern city of Chiang Mai and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya, both popular tourist destinations.

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