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Thailand: Suthep - All flood-hit families in South will receive aid

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BANGKOK, 15 April 2011 (NNT) – Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban has voiced confidence that flood assistance units will be able to reach out to all victims while new homes are being built for the displaced.

Mr Suthep stated that officials from the Government’s committee for assistance of flood victims would travel to the flood-ravaged provinces in the South during 16-18 April to assess damages incurred by the disaster. He said he had no special instructions for the team as it would be working with the provincial and local administrative authorities.

The Deputy Prime Minister then spoke of the compensation money of 5,000 THB to be handed to each affected household, affirming that no changes in the payment conditions would be proposed to the Cabinet on 20 April as speculated. He stressed that all conditions had already been clearly laid down and a relevant agency was in the process of reviewing recipients’ qualifications in order to disburse the relief money after the Songkran holiday.

Moreover, Mr Suthep elaborated that new homes were being constructed in Krabi province for those left homeless by the flood while cooperation had been sought from the Army Region 4 Commander in deploying volunteers to help in the home building project in Nakhon Si Thammarat. On 23 April, the first home in Surat Thani will be finished as a model for other units.

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Reporter : Surapan Laotharanarit