Nongprue awards Vamco flood compensation

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Nongprue Sub-district distributed cash compensation to victims of flooding caused by September’s tropical depression.

Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presented the payments ranging from 27,000 baht to as little as 243 baht at the Nongprue Kindergarten Dec. 8.

At least 700 area homes were damaged during the Vamco storm. Of those, 247 families applied for disaster-relief funding. Needs were assessed by Nongprue engineering experts.

Rungtiwa Sittitirawong, who received 810 baht for damage to her Baan Sook Em home on Soi Khao Noi, said she had sustained 4,000 baht in damage to furniture and appliances.

Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presents cash compensation to one of the victims of flooding caused by September’s Vamco tropical depression.Mayor Mai Chaiyanit presents cash compensation to one of the victims of flooding caused by September’s Vamco tropical depression.

Nongprue officials said that due to the many demands for compensation, not everyone would receive full replacement value for damaged items.

Chalermchai Yomsrikane, an official at the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department, said compensation is for disaster relief only and granted only in some cases.

Structural damage to homes must be inspected by the sub-district government which would determine if the damage was caused by the current flood or a previous deluge.

Only partial compensation is paid for damage to personal property, as per the law, he said.