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Thai PM Yingluck assigns faster flood relief operation

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BANGKOK, 2 September 2011 (NNT) – Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has reiterated to related authorities to speed up the mission to assist flood victims while a one stop service centre has been set up to support the assistance.

Government Spokesperson Titima Chaisang told the press that the prime minister has instructed related units to hand out assistance to flood victims speedily while a one stop service centre has been arranged in each inundated zone to regulate the relief mission.

Ms Titima however expressed concerns over inadequacy of the budget for flood relief operations because the previous government has nearly drained the central budget. She said the prime minister hence told each ministry to disburse in the meantime its own budget for the flood relief mission.

As for flood compensation of 5,000 baht for each household, the spokesperson confirmed that the figure will not be less than the mentioned amount, but criteria for the assistance will be adjusted to ensure that all flood victims do receive this assistance.

Ms Titima announced that Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit and his deputies will chair a meeting to follow up on the flood solutions on Friday when the compensation will be concluded if it will be higher than 5,000 baht per household or not. The result will be presented to the cabinet meeting next week.

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