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Thai govt approves contingent budget to assist flood victims

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BANGKOK, Nov 5, 2002 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Thai cabinet on Tuesday approved a contingent budget of over 6.5 billion baht (154.7 million US dollars) to assist flood victims, the Thai News Agency reported.

Deputy government spokesman Chachawal Chomphudang was quoted as saying that the over 6.5 billion baht (154.7 million baht) budget would be used to ease the plight of people in the North and Northeast suffering from recent inundation in the areas.

Part of the budget would be used to repair government buildings and local infrastructure, namely roads and bridges, which were damaged by the floods, he disclosed.

The budget was proposed by the Ministries of Interior, Transport and Communications, Agriculture and Cooperatives, Social Development and Human Security and Public Health, he added.

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