Thai Gov't carries out urgent disaster-relieving measures as flash floods kill 5

21:07, October 19, 2010      

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The Thai government has on Tuesday carried out several urgent measures and allocation to relieve flood victims, after flash floods heavily hit Thai Northeastern provinces and killed five people.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, who visited the province on Monday, said on Tuesday all government agencies are trying their best in helping the flood victims, adding that he is planning to inspect the area again soon.

At least five people have died in the heavy flooding in the Northeastern Province of Nakhon Ratchasima. The flash floods, following heavy weekend monsoon rains also hit Northeastern provinces of Chaiyaphum and Lop Buri and Central province of Nakhon Sawan.

Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said the cabinet has given the green light for governors in flood-hit provinces to withdraw unlimited funds to help suffering residents.

Nakhon Ratchasima, hardest hit by floods, had already requested for 100 million baht, he said.

"Many provinces still want to buy boats to help the evacuation of trapped residents and the Finance Ministry is ready to listen to the provincial governors' requests," Bangkok Post online quoted the minister as saying.

Also on Tuesday, a special center to assist people suffering from floods was set up by the Interior Ministry.

The ministry has sent rescue units and medical teams into the area to give them assistance and clean water and other necessities have been given to the flood victims while mobile toilets and temporary tents have been set up to help them, said Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Interior Ministry Surapol Pongtadsirikul on Tuesday.

The government will provide financial aid to people affected by flood. Funeral assistance up to 25,000 baht (837 U.S. dollars) will be given to families and cash payments of 20,000 to 30,000 baht (about 670 U.S. dollars) to those whose houses are damaged, Surapon said.

Regarding damage to the country's transportation system, Transport Minister Sohpon Zarum said the damage to roads caused by heavy floods is estimated at 1 billion baht (33.5 million U.S. dollars) and to rail tracks at 17-18 million baht (569 million U.S. dollars).

The ministry would cover the cost of repairs from its existing budget and would not have to wait for cabinet approval.

As of Tuesday morning, all train servi

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