Thailand: Budget allocation for flood victims to be asked in today's cabinet meeting

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BANGKOK, 16 February 2010 (NNT) - A committee responsible for monitoring flood relief operations will ask for a budget of 3.6 billion THB to assist flood-affected people in southern provinces in today's cabinet meeting.

Deputy Prime Minister Major General Sanan Kajornprasart, chairman of the committee, stated that the money would go towards relief operation in 99 districts of 10 southern provinces facing a continual severe inundation.

Those provinces include Surat Thani, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Patthalung, Songkhla, Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat, Chumpon, Trang and Satun.

Meanwhile, the committee to monitor drought solutions, which is also chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Sanan, is drawing up criteria for affected provinces before seeking supporting budgets from the Cabinet. The committee has also appointed a sub-committee to support its operation. It instructed all units concerned to stay prepared for relief operations as droughts in 14 provinces are looming.