Victims, relatives to get more aid from donations

Victims, relatives to get more aid from donations

Privy councillor Palakorn Suwanrath on Sunday attended the royal-sponsored cremation of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat Kamchadpai, who died in the line of duty trying to help victims during the mass shooting at Nakhon Ratchasima's Terminal 21 last Saturday. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)
Privy councillor Palakorn Suwanrath on Sunday attended the royal-sponsored cremation of Pol Snr Sgt Maj Petcharat Kamchadpai, who died in the line of duty trying to help victims during the mass shooting at Nakhon Ratchasima's Terminal 21 last Saturday. (Photo by Nutthawat Wicheanbut)

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: As public donations for victims of the shooting rampage that left 30 people killed and 58 injured have surged past 80 million baht, more money may be allocated to injured victims and their relatives, governor Wichian Chantaranothai said yesterday.

Speaking at Wat Pa Sattharum temple in Muang district, where nine people were gunned down on Feb 8, Mr Wichian said the donations totalled 80.1 million baht as of 8am on Sunday.

The families of the 27 people killed have been given 1 million baht each from the donations, while relatives of the 22 victims who are still hospitalised have received 100,000 baht each.

A total of 29.2 million baht has been paid out from the donated funds. The remaining amount as of yesterday morning was 50.9 million baht.

The governor said a meeting was held yesterday to consider giving more to the injured to meet the welfare criteria set by the provincial health office and Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital.

Their new plan calls for those permanently disabled to receive 1 million baht each, those temporarily disabled to get up to 700,000 baht, and those treated in intensive care units 300,000 baht.

Victims with serious injuries who did not require treatment in an ICU would be compensated 200,000 baht, those with moderate injuries 100,000 baht, while those with light injuries may qualify for compensation of up to 30,000 baht.

The allocation of the remaining donations will be determined by a committee, and may include continued payments to victims and their families as necessary, said the governor.


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