Cabinet nods to 500 million baht for quake relief


BANGKOK, 7 May 2014 – The cabinet meeting has given a green light to a budget of 500 million baht to help the victims of the 6.3-magnitude quake that rocked the northern part of Thailand on Monday evening. 

Government Deputy Spokeswoman Sunisa Lertpakawat revealed that the cabinet had approved a relief budget of 500 million baht for the quake-ravaged provinces in the northern region. She added that a committee, led by Deputy Prime Minister Plodprasob Suraswadi, had been set up to oversee the relief operation and draw up measures for deal with future tremors.

Thailand on Monday experienced the strongest quake since 1935. The disaster killed one person and injured more than 20. The quake as well as a number of aftershocks damaged houses, buildings, and public facilities in the region.