PM inspects flood-stricken provinces in Central Plain

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha today began visiting flood-stricken areas in the Central Plain to inspect damages caused to farmers and their paddies submerged by water discharged from dams.

His destinations included Ayutthaya and Chai Nat provinces.

His inspection trip came after he yesterday ordered the Royal Irrigation Department and governors of all flooded provinces to clarify the public over the cause of flooding.

The prime minister wanted the public to receive correct information on flooding caused by water discharged either from dams or from water diverted to their farmlands so that more compensation could be given to them to relieve the trouble.

The prime minister said he has ordered authorities concerned to urgently clarify the public to understand that the flood was caused by the heavy downpour.

Mostly affected are farmlands and homes downstream.

He said the government has tried to address the problem by discharging the water from the dams and keep the level not exceed than 2,500 million cubic metres.

He admitted that the water has to be diverted into rice fields and if the move has affected the agriculturists, the government was ready to compensate them.

He added that the government may consider giving compensation more than 1,000 baht per rai.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)