Owner of fallen condo compensates victims with 1 million baht


BANGKOK, 16 August 2014 – Injured victims of the recent collapse of a condominium building in Pathum Thani and relatives of the dead will receive compensation worth 1 million baht in total from the project owner while one more engineer has reported himself to the police. 

Governor of Pathum Thani Pongsathorn Sajjachonlaphun has accepted 1 million baht worth of compensation money from the owner of the collapsed U-Place Condominium in order to begin its distribution to all the victims. Out of the total, 55,000 baht will be paid to the family of each of the 14 people killed in the accident and the rest will be given to the wounded to cover their costs of treatment.

Concurrently, the Pathum Thani Social Security Office is also paying for medical expenses of the injured at not more than 300,000 baht per person. Another amount of 30,000 baht is being given to the families of the deceased for their funeral expenses.

Meanwhile, Mr Jira Khanman, the foreman of the condominium project, has come forward to the police after arrest warrants were issued for all involved. Mr Jira’s lawyer claimed he was in great distress following the accident as some of those killed were his colleagues. He was reportedly not at the construction site on the day as he was sick.

Chief of the National Council for Peace and Order Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha recently expressed his condolences over the tragedy, which claimed 14 lives and caused 25 injuries. He said the NCPO had been coordinating assistance for the victims from the beginning and would thoroughly investigate the accident in a bid to prevent its reoccurrence.