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Govt sets plans to help victims

Posted by arnon_k On October - 21 - 2011

The priority is to ensure that people can recover

The government’s flood aftermath committee has produced a number of solutions to help flood victims recover and re-establish themselves.

The committee, set up on Oct 12, yesterday held its first meeting.

Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat, who attended the meeting, said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra had ordered the committee to divide the aid strategy into two phases.

Mr Santi said the first phase would cover the first 15 days, and would focus on establishing shelters, and providing food and job training.

Solutions for the second phase, which will cover the next 15 days, have yet to be decided.

Mr Santi said the ministry could help set up evacuation centres and support those of other organisations. Staff would assess the condition of flood victims to see how it could help.

The ministry has set up 30 evacuation centres, 240 roadside kitchens, and temporary shelters.

The committee will focus on expediting work on the eastern side of Bangkok, where the deluge was pressing the hardest.

Labour Minister Padermchai Sasomsap said 620,000 workers have been affected by the floods, mainly after their inundated factories closed down.

Mr Padermchai said the Social Security Office would pay out compensation of 50% of wages to those whose contracts were terminated. Instructors would train workers in new skills.

Education Minister Woravat Au-apinyakul said foreigners had contacted Thai embassies abroad to say they were interested in helping with flood relief operations during the Christmas and New Year holidays.

Mr Woravat said 338 schools were serving as evacuation centres.

Ministry staff will pause their daily routines to help flood victims.

The ministry also plans to propose a 1.4 billion baht budget for post-flood restoration.

A charity could be organised to accept donations or to buy items to replace damaged ones, he said.

The ministry also has plans to give out interest-free loans of 100,000 to 200,000 baht for two to three years to its staff to repair their flood damaged homes.

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