Bt100 billion initially prepared for flood rehabilitation plan: PM

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BANGKOK, Nov 5 — The government has initially prepared Bt100 billion for rehabilitation plans to help those who were affected by the flood crisis nationwide, while residents living in western Bangkok were urged to be patient as floods sweeping those areas for weeks already would likely linger for a long period of time, according to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Addressing the public on her weekly TV and Radio programme, “Yingluck Government meets the People,” the prime minister said the government has initially set aside Bt100 billion to restore homes and government offices which were damaged by the flood.

The budget would be spent on measures and systems that could protect major economy areas from future floods, she said, adding that Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya would be in line for rehabilitation from flood damage.

Ms Yingluck said that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Royal Irrigation Department have affirmed that if the drainage plan ran smoothly, most areas in eastern Bangkok could be spared from flooding but the residents on the western side of the capital city have to be patient as water would recede slower than in the east by 1-2 weeks.

The premier admitted that she was fatigued but she has strong will and would go on tackling the flood crisis, meanwhile she would not let anyone obstruct the plans to solve the flood problem.