13 Oct '11, 5am
Thai MP warns shortages could result in chaos and possible looting, as floods ravage the country
(THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Rak Prathet Thai Party chief Chuwit Kamolvisit has warned of chaos and possible looting as flood victims endure surging prices for consumer goods and the lack of necessary items. He said many people in Ayutthaya province who were seriously affected by the flood had complained to him they had been abandoned to their troubles. People living outside the city of Ayutthaya had been cut off from electricity and water supply services, he said. Many had decided to stay in their homes due to fear of robbery if they left. Mr Chuwit said speculation and the stocking up of necessities had raised the prices of consumer items dramatically, further hurting people already affected by the floods. The price of drinking water had risen from seven baht (S$0.29) a bottle to nearly 30 baht, a small pack of instant noodles is up from five baht to 30 baht, he said.