Mr. Kirapat Jiamset, Governor of Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), along with MEA executives, MEA volunteers, and MEA Workers Union (MEAWU), teamed up with Dr. Mongkol Treekijjanon, Director of Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Region 2 (Northeast), PEA officials, Royal Thai Air Force Wing 21, and Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, to help flood victims at Ban Haad Khu Dua, Jae Ramae Subdistrict, Mueang District, Ubon Ratchathani Province, under the MEA Volunteer project on October 5-8, 2019.
The Governor stated that MEA, an agency responsible for electricity distribution in Bangkok, Nonthaburi and Samut Prakan, has collaborated with PEA, an agency controlling the power systems in other provinces of Thailand, for the mission to provide relief and medical service to about 250 families who were badly hit by floodwaters since September. The activity received the support of C-130 aircraft from the Royal Thai Air Force to dispatch flood-relief items, medical doctor volunteers as well as MEA volunteers to the affected areas at Ban Haad Khu Dua. Currently, the water level returned to normal and the residents returned home but found that many electrical devices were damaged. Thus, MEA quickly managed to replace broken devices such as power plugs, switches and light bulbs, to prevent electric leakage and other hazards.
After the flood, MEA recommends every household to check electrical equipment and wiring. Always wear rubber gloves and shoes to prevent short circuits and turn off the electricity supply at the mains before checking. Clean and dry all the switches and plugs that were flooded, either drying naturally or using a dryer. Do not use flooded electrical equipment, seek qualified electrician to check it before using. It is important to ensure all electrical devices are safe before turning on the mains. If they are still wet or damp, leave them off another day until all moisture has gone. When electrical repair is necessary, get an electrician to fix it. Always keep in mind that all flooded devices are not safe. To protect yourself and your property, do not stand in flood water while installing or checking electrical equipment.