Govt to speedily investigate wildfires at Phru Kuan Kreng Wetland

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BANGKOK, 18 August 2012  – The government has pledged to speed up the investigation into ongoing wildfires at the Phru Kuan Kreng Wetland. 

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday got an official update on the wildfires at the Phru Kuan Kreng Wetland in southern Nakhon Si Thammarat, which has devastated thousands of rai of forest and farmland.

Natural Resources Minister Preecha Rengsomboonsuk has visited the wildfire-hit areas and ordered officials to speedily put out the fire.

An investigation is set to begin once the wildfires have been doused, especially into allegations that local politicians have encroached the forest.

The Prime Minister said that investigators have begun collecting evidence into the claims and pledged that justice will be served in this case.

She also said that the government will consider more serious punishment for encroachers.