Interior Ministry expedites assistance to flood victims

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UBON RATCHATHANI(NNT) - The Deputy Minister of the Interior, Nipon Boonyamanee, has visited Ubon Ratchathani province to follow up on the government’s flood-relief measures.

The Deputy Minister of the Interior traveled to the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani to oversee the implementation of the government’s relief measures, one of which is 5,000-baht compensation for each flood-affected household in 32 provinces. The compensation budget amounts to 2.09 billion baht. All flood-affected households will receive the compensation after verification procedures.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation is working with the provincial authorities to verify the identity of flood victims before the 5,000-baht compensation is transferred to the Government Savings Bank (GSB). The victims can receive the compensation via PromptPay.

The Governor of Si Sa Ket, Watana Puttichat, said today that a meeting of the committee on disaster relief disclosed that a total of 878 farmers in 55 villages in Yang Chum Noi, Non Khun and Nam Kliang districts were affected by the recent flood disaster. More than 5,000 rai of farmland was destroyed, causing over 5 million baht in damages. Assistance is now underway.

The Director of Regional Irrigation Office 6, Saksiri Yoosuk, had a meeting with the Director of the Northeast Hydro Power Plant, Pipat Khongsilpthaweekul, and related units to discuss water management issues, as the Ubolratana Dam in Khon Kaen province has received 372 million cubic meters of water since the beginning of this year, but is now at a 53-year low.

The Ubolratana Dam currently holds only 50 million cubic meters of water, or 2.7% of its storage capacity. Relevant agencies have been instructed to assess water usage in the province for better water management. Farmers have been asked to refrain from cultivating off-season crops, as water levels of the Pong and Chi rivers are being closely monitored.

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