Prayut orders complete surveys of flood damage

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed authorities to conduct comprehensive surveys of the southern flood damage so that effective rehabilitation measures can be taken. “The prime minister has issued the order out of concern for the flood victims,” Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said on January 18. This year’s extreme storms have left 12 provinces underwater and more than 1.6 million people in distress while being blamed for at least 36 deaths. PM’s Office Minister Ormsin Chivapruck said the government would pay Bt50,000 to each of the families of those who lost their lives. “The prime minister will himself hand over the compensation in the form of cheques to some families,” he said. “The rest will receive compensation from their governors.”

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