PM Prayut donates for flood victims, govt party postponed

PM Prayut donates for flood victims, govt party postponed

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, centre, talks to officials after donating 100,000 baht to help flood victims, at Government House in Bangkok on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, centre, talks to officials after donating 100,000 baht to help flood victims, at Government House in Bangkok on Tuesday morning. (Photo by Chanat Katanyu)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha donated 100,000 baht to help flood victims as the government was set to raise donations to help victims on Tuesday evening and a party planned for members of the ruling coalition was put off indefinitely.

Gen Prayut made the personal donation before attending a cabinet meeting at Government House on Tuesday morning. He said the money would go to the disaster relief fund of the office of the permanent secretary for the Prime Minister's Office.

The donation preceded the government's fund-raising programme on TV channel 9 from 7.30pm on Tuesday to solicit financial aid for flood victims.

Gen Prayut said officials would have to spend the donations carefully while financial aid from the government's budget had yet to undergo regulatory procedures.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Tuesday that coalition parties postponed their post-House session party from Thursday indefinitely as ministers and MPs had to help flood victims in provinces.

The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation reported flooding persisted in the four northeastern provinces of Roi Et, Si Sa Ket, Ubon Ratchathani and Yasothon and about 22,400 people were still in shelters.

Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda said flooding damaged had about 3 million rai of farmland, and people in Nakhon Phanom and Sakon Nakhon provinces in the Northeast had also suffered from floods.

He assured that all parties were doing their best to help flood victims.


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