Acting PM visits quake victims in Chiang Rai


CHIANG RAI, 17 May 2014 – The acting Prime Minister has paid an official visit to the northern province of Chiang Rai, which was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake over a week ago. 

Acting Prime Minister Mr. Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan yesterday led members of his cabinet to Chiang Rai Province to visit the victims of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that hit the northern part of Thailand almost two weeks ago. The cabinet earlier approved a 500 million baht budget to help the victims.

The acting PM, along with Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt, also inspected the damage on the road connecting Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. The road has been damaged by the quake and aftershocks, prompting provincial authorities to redirect the route for commuters.

According to the transport minister, a total of 25 million baht is being spent on rebuilding and renovating the damaged road.

The quake that took place on Monday evening of May 5th devastated houses, buildings, and public utilities in 7 districts of Chiang Rai. As of now, the province has already paid 30 million baht to assist over 4,000 affected families.