Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Bt3.1 bn earmarked to provide compensation

Bt3.1 bn earmarked to provide compensation

The Cabinet yesterday approved Bt3.1 billion to be spent on compensation for flood-hit Bangkok residents.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has been instructed to look into people's eligibility for compensation within two weeks, with each eligible family entitled to Bt5,000.

"Within 45 days, compensation should reach the eligible people," deputy government spokeswoman Anuttama Amornwiwat said yesterday.

She added that preliminary information shows 621,355 families in Bangkok had suffered from the floods. However, only families whose houses have been submerged by flash floods or left swamped for at least seven consecutive days, which has damaged their properties, are eligible for compensation.

"Only residents in disaster-hit areas, as declared by the BMA, claim compensation from the government," Anuttama said.
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