Thai Army Chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha confirmed on Friday that 3,000 more troops have been deployed to protect Bangkok from floods.
General Prayuth said the 2nd Army Area Command contributed some 2,000 soldiers, while the Army”s Infantry Centre contributed slightly over another 1,000 troops.
He said nearly 40,000 troops with rescue boats and vehicles had so far been deployed throughout Thailand to provide flood assistance.
According to the army chief, massive amounts of floodwater from upstream provinces had breached several floodwalls and had been seeping into parts of Bangkok.
He noted though the government and concerned agencies had been trying to channel the waters through waterways in eastern and western Bangkok, before flushing it out to the sea.
Asked if the present situation justified the need for an emergency decree, the army chief said the decision still rested with the government.
However, he said on Thursday night the government only handed authority to the Flood Relief Operations Command (FROC) to oversee the crisis.
Reiterating his support to flood victims, the Thai army chief told Bangkok residents to be strong together and to cooperate with the authorities.