Govt to expedite post-flood rehab in Ayutthaya
05 December 2011 :: 11:12:49 am [ 926 views ]
AYUTTHAYA, Dec 4 – Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Sunday visited Ayutthaya to boost morale of flood victims while affirming that the government is expediting rehabilitation work in the affected central provinces.
Accompanied by deputy prime minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit, Culture Minister Sukumol Kunplome, and Public Health Minister Witthaya Buranasiri, the prime minister attended an event to revive flood-hit Ayutthaya at Wat Kasattrathirat.
The prime minister told all parties to work together to restore flood-hit areas, public utilities and historical sites.
She said has she ordered governors and relevant agencies to expedite restoration, insisting the government will not abandon people. The government will speed up rehabilitate flood victims and she hopes problems will pass and next year will be a bright year.
The Prime Minister gave post-flood equipment and supplied such as rice cookers, water boilers, plastic boxes and blankets to local residents. She also released one million fish and prawn into the river in front of the temple.
Ms Yingluck later met health volunteers working on a campaign to prevent dengue fever by eliminating mosquito larvae.
She gave assistance money of 7.5 million baht along with rice seeds and fertilizers to farmers in Nakhon Luang district and 5,000 baht was given to each of 468 households.
Meanwhile, Culture Minister Sukumon said that flood-damage surveys on historical sites across the country found that 313 historical sites including 130 in Ayutthaya have been damaged. Building structures, landscaping, and public utilities were damaged from flooding which began here since August.
About 542 religious sites – including 470 temples, 49 mosques, 11 churches and 12 shrines – were also damaged.
An estimated 54.2 million baht fund received from the government and private sector will be allocated towards restoration, according to the culture minister.
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