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Thai flood victims unhappy with government's compensation

(Xinhua)

08:33, January 09, 2012

BANGKOK, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) The majority of flood-affected people are not satisfied with the 5,000- baht (158 U.S. dollars) flood compensation provided by the government, ABAC Poll revealed on Sunday.

The poll, which was conducted among victims in nine flood-hit provinces regarding home repair and restoration costs after the floods, showed that most respondents or 84.2 percent used their own money to repair inundated homes and resume damaged businesses while 40.8 percent counted on the service of fast cash loan.

More than half of the respondents said financial compensation should be more than 5,000 baht.

In addition, the poll found that in flood aftermath, people suffered the most by increasing expenses, devastated home and damaged belongings and cars.

As for expenditure for flood recovery, home repairs came first with an average cost per household of 37,022 baht (1,168 dollars) followed by electrical appliances and furniture repair or replacement totaling 20,745 baht (655 dollars).

The worst deluge in over half a century has hit Thailand countrywide since late July, affecting more than 13 million people and claiming almost 800 lives.

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