Thai flood death toll rises to 161

13:22, November 07, 2010      

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Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Sunday the death toll from heavy flood across the country has risen to 161 now.

Those killed by the flood would be compensated for by 50,000 baht (1,660 U.S. dollars) each, Abhisit said in his weekly national televised address.

"I express my condolence to family members of those who were killed," the prime minister said.

He said flood water has receded in most regions in the north and northeast, but recent heavy rains have now inundated parts of the south.

The cabinet would on Tuesday discuss plans to help farmers of rubber plantations, the key agricultural product of the south and key export of the country, he said.

The government will have to spend at least 20 billion baht (660 million U.S. dollars) for the rehabilitation efforts after the flooding, he said.

The government has begun to pay 5,000 baht (160 U.S. dollars) to each of the households affected by the flood.

Abhisit said his government will also map out longer-term flood prevention plans, such as building small reservoirs in various regions of the country to hold rain water.

Source: Xinhua


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