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Govt to spend B100bn on flood rehabilitation work

Posted by arnon_k On November - 6 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The government has earmarked 100 billion baht for the country’s flood rehabilitation efforts, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says.

The first two provinces to benefit from the rehabilitation drive will be Phitsanulok and Nakhon Sawan.

Recovery work will also begin soon in Ayutthaya province.

The budget will be spent on repairing people’s flooded homes and restoring the country’s economy, Ms Yingluck said yesterday.

She said the flooding was caused by several tropical storms in September which led to the accumulation of massive amounts of water in the northern provinces.

Prime Minister Yingluck yesterday travelled to Nakhon Sawan to visit flood victims. She said the government has provided 182 million baht in cash aid to 36,500 families in Nakhon Sawan.

With tears in her eyes, the prime minister said she was concerned about people’s well-being.

Ms Yingluck said the government’s efforts in Nakhon Sawan will help restore confidence in her administration’s ability to cope with the crisis.

“The work must be completed in 45 days because people have suffered for so long already,” said Ms Yingluck.

The prime minister on Friday signed an order to appoint four committees to work on restoration and rehabilitation in the aftermath of the crisis.

The committee on assistance, rehabilitation and remedies will be chaired by Yongyuth Wichaidit, the deputy prime minister and interior minister; the committee on infrastructure will be chaired by Transport Minister Sukumpol Suwanatat.

The committee on economy, industry and wellbeing will be chaired by Kittiratt Na-Ranong, the deputy prime minister and commerce minister, and the committee on quality of life will be chaired by Pol Gen Kowit Wattana, also a deputy prime minister.

The committees will replace three rehabilitation committees appointed earlier on Oct 12.

Froc staying put, says Yingluck

Posted by arnon_k On November - 4 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra says she will not move the Flood Relief Operations Command (Froc) to a new location even though water continues to move closer and closer to its present site.

The prime minister said yesterday she has not yet planned any move.

Froc moved from Don Mueang International Airport to the Energy Ministry’s Energy Complex at the Lat Phrao Intersection on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road on Oct 29, after floodwater rushed into the airport terminals.

“Let us think about it. Actually, I don’t want to move yet. We still want to fight the floods for a while,” said Ms Yingluck, adding that Froc has not yet selected another venue for its new headquarters.

“I’m confident the situation will ease,” said the prime minister.

As a precaution, Froc yesterday raised the road surface of the tollway exit in front of its new headquarters with gravel and began building a bridge between the Energy Complex and the adjacent PTT building.

The raised road surface and the bridge are intended to help Froc staff if floodwater starts lapping at Froc’s new headquarters.

Energy Minister Pichai Naripthaphan said the headquarters is 2.4m above street level. The Energy Complex also has a very good flood prevention system. He was confident that floodwater would not flow into the complex.

Ms Yingluck yesterday also gave assurances that inner Bangkok would remain safe as large sand bags had been laid to provide added protection.

She also said the government will take heed of the King’s advice to improve the country’s water management systems to help prevent future flooding problems.

PM visits flooded Don Mueang

Posted by arnon_k On November - 3 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday morning visited flood affected people in Bangkok’s Don Mueang district, reports said.

Ms Yingluck boarded a flat-bottom boat at the flooded Song Prapa road and handed out flood relief bags to people along the way to Wat Weru Wanaram.

She was accompanied by Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap, Social Development and Human Security Minister Santi Prompat and Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri.

PM: Flood will recede early November

Posted by arnon_k On October - 29 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

The flood water inundating outer areas of Bangkok is expected to start receding in the first week of November, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Saturday morning.

In her “Yingluck Government meets People” weekly talk show on radio stations under the supervision of the Public Relations Department, Ms Yingluck said Royal Irrigation Department has been assigned to rapidly drain the flood water out to the see through Khlong 6 to 13 in the eastern part.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment have been directed to drive the northern runoff out through Khlong San Sab, she added.

In the western part of the capital, the Royal Irrigation Department and Ministry of Transport are responsible for draining the runoff from the North to the Gulf of Thailand through the Chao Phraya River and Tha Chin River, said the prime minister.

She said the flood situation in the Central Plains is improving as the flood water in Nakhon Sawan and Chainat had already receded.