Thailand to send initial 5m baht aid to Myanmar

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BANGKOK, 3 August 2015 – The Thai government is preparing to send the initial donation of 5 million baht to Myanmar to aid those affected by the disastrous flood, while Thai nationals residing in flood affected areas in Myanmar will be assisted.

The Deputy Spokesman of the Prime Minister’s Office Col Weerachon Sukondhapatipak said that the government is now working with the Myanmar Embassy in Thailand to provide help and relief measures for the flood affected in Myanmar.

He said that Thailand will be sending the urgent initial 5 million baht donation to Myanmar tomorrow (4 August 2015), while the Ambassador of Myanmar to Thailand is scheduled meet with the delegation of Thai government representatives, to detail the current situation in order for Thailand to provide appropriate assistance.

The PMO Deputy Spokesman said that Thailand’s aid to Myanmar will depend on the severity of damage and the need of assistance, comparing the flood disaster in Myanmar to that of the earthquake in Nepal. Future damage reports from Myanmar will determine whether Thailand will dispatch help units to Myanmar or not.

In the country’s cultivation areas, 27 Myanmar nations have died, while about 150,000 remain affected. There are no reports of Thai fatalities from this incident.

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha is set to issue a letter of condolences to the President of Myanmar Thein Sein through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The PMO Deputy Spokesman has also said regarding the assistance to the flood affected in Sop Moei District in Mae Hong Son province of Thailand, that the government had assigned the Ministry of Interior to survey the damage and to provide urgent aid to the area. Assistance operations will cover areas that have been declared an emergency situation area, while utilizing funds from the provincial budget.

Further assistance to the flood affected with the considered at the Cabinet’s meeting on 4 August 2015.