More funds given to flood-hitting provinces in Thailand

17:19, October 22, 2010      

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The Comptroller General's Department on Friday allocated a special budget of 200 million baht (6.7 million U.S. dollars) for Nakhon Ratchasima and Lop Buri provinces for flood assistance, as requested by their governors.

Rangsan Sriworasart, the department's director-general, said Friday the governors of the two provinces, which suffered the flood water since last weekend, had separately asked for 100 million baht in additional flood relief. The funds have been transferred to the two provinces, he said.

A governor has an authority to approve urgent extra budget funding of up to 50 million baht while he has to request for the department's approval if more money are needed, Rangsan said.

No other provincial governors had requested additional flood relief funding at this time, he added.

The flood ravaged 29 provinces across Thailand due to the heavy monsoon rainfall and has killed at least 19 people so far. Bangkok Post online Thursday quoted an economist at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce as saying that the damage from floods could reach 10 billion baht (335 million U.S. dollars), which would affect gross domestic product growth by about 0.2 percent.

Source: Xinhua


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