City drags feet on March storm-relief payments

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Puts up new obstacles to compensation

Nearly two months after a violent storm damaged homes and boats around Pattaya, victims are still waiting for relief payments promised by the city.

At the latest in a series of meetings on compensation to victims of the March 23 storm, Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn again reviewed how much money the city will have to request from Chonburi Province and set out more requirements victims need to meet to get paid.

Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn explains why the promised relief funds haven’t been forthcoming. Deputy Mayor Wutisak Rermkitkarn explains why the promised relief funds haven’t been forthcoming.

About 50 homes on Soi Wat Thamsamakkee in South Pattaya and on Koh Larn were damaged by the overnight gale. About 10 boats also were damaged or sunk.

While the city immediately pledged to give victims up to 20,000 baht each, the city still has not requested the money from provincial officials.

Now, Wutisak says, boat owners will have to present a fishing license and registration in order to qualify for compensation of up to 10,000 baht per boat. Furthermore, city inspectors will be the ones making damage assessments, he said.

Homeowners, meanwhile, are now being promised up to 30,000 baht if their entire home was destroyed. Proper home registrations will be required, however, and city officials will estimate the value of the damage.