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PM Yingluck outlines reconstruction plan

Bangkok Post

The government has settled on a strategy to reconstruct the country in the wake of the flood damage, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said at a press conference on Tuesday.
"The country is now entering a stage where remedies and rehabilitation can restore the people's confidence. The government has come up with a strategic plan for national reconstruction," Ms Yingluck said.

She said the plan had three stages.

The first stage involved the flood centre solving various urgent problems, distributing relief items to the flood victims, and providing medical treatment for people at all evacuation centres.

The second stage centred on bringing every system back to normal as soon as possible. It would be carried out while the floodwater is receding or after it has receded.

Measures to be taken at this stage included compensation for damage and loans and other privileges for affected individuals and the affected business sector.

The third stage involved meting out solutions to solve problems in the long run and to prepare the country to cope effectively with climate change and water management.

There would be two committees responsible for this long-term task.
Former deputy prime minister and finance minister Virabongsa Ramangkura meets Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Nov 8, 2011. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Ms Yingluck said the first was the committee on strategies for reconstruction and building of the country's future, chaired by former deputy prime minister and finance minister Virabongsa Ramangkura.

The second was the committee on strategies for water resources management, chaired by Chaipattana Foundation secretary-general Sumet Tantivejkul. Other water management experts had also been invited to sit on the committee.

Mr Virabongsa said he had accepted the job because he wanted to help rebuild his home country.  It was necessary that the government  quickly restore the flooded areas, which comprise one-third of the country and were of high importances in terms of national and global economy.

He said his committee would work to build a new future, restore confidence and boost the country's competitiveness.

The committee would work closely with deputy prime ministers Yongyuth Wichaidit and Kittiratt Na Ranong to make sure that if the rainfall next year was similar to this year there would be no recurrence of this year's flood crisis, he said.

Government deputy spokesperson Anuttama Amornvivat said the cabinet today approved a budget of 3.1 billion baht to pay compensation of 5,000 baht each to 621,355 households in Bangkok affected by the flood.

The compensation payment will be made on two conditions:

1) the houses were hit by a flash flood causing damage to property, and
2) the houses were inundated by floodwater for at least seven consecutive days causing damage to property.

These houses must be in delared disaster emergency areas in Bangkok and a letter of eligibility for the compensation must be issued only by the relevant district office.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is required to finish the list of those eligible for the compensation in two weeks and the payment must be made within 45 days of the cabinet approval.

According to the Department of Disaster Relief and Mitigation, since Oct 10 heavy flooding has affected residents and  caused damage to their property in 30 districts of Bangkok.
They are Bang Sue, Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Samphanthawong, Sathorn, Bang Kho Laem, Yannawa, Khlong Toey, Bang Phlat, Bangkok Noi, Thonburi, Khlong San, Rat Burana, Khlong Sam Wa, Min Buri, Nong Chok, Lat Krabang, Don Muang, Khannayao, Chatuchak, Taling Chan, Bang Khen, Bang Khae, Phasi Charoen, Lat Phrao, Wang Thong Lang, Sai Mai, Nong Khaem, Lak Si, and Thawi Watthana districts.

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