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Chiang Rai authorities continue to assist quake victims

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CHIANG RAI, 12 May 2014 (NNT)- Chiang Rai Province and related sectors continue to assist victims of the earthquake in the northern region. Tourism is believed not to be greatly affected.

Chiang Rai governor Pongsak Wangsa-mor said that victims from Monday's 6.3 quake are gradually receiving aid and general help from agencies. The districts were Phan, Mae Lao, Mae Suai, Muang, Wiang Chai, Pa Daet and Phaya Mengrai. The situation is now improving.

The Royal Thai Armed Forces Headquarters, 3rd Army area, has dispatched 500 army engineers with construction tools to repair and reconstruct damaged houses, other community buildings and infrastructure in the area. Groups of Civil Engineers from Chiang Mai University and Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna Chiang Mai, have visited the area to inspect a total of 10,000 buildings and structures such as damaged houses, to ensure their structural integrity.

Everything should soon recover and the situation return to normal, the Governor reassured northern residents.

He also claimed that the quakes are not having a high impact on tourism in the area, because the structure of most local hotels is strong and designed to handle earthquakes.

Meanwhile, the province and related agencies such as the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security have provided financial support to the villagers. For agriculturists and farmers, the province has asked the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) to launch a measure to lighten the load of the extra debt, caused by costs resulting from the disaster. On 14th May, the BAAC will also give financial aid to villagers who suffered misfortune from the quakes.