Thai Consulate-General in New York closely monitoring storm Sandy


BANGKOK, Oct 30 – Thailand’s Consulate-General in New York City is closely monitoring the progress and is coordinating with Thai citizens in the metropolitan area as massive storm Sandy crashed ashore in the New Jersey and Delaware coast on Monday.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of Information Deputy Director-General Damrong Kraikruan said the consulate-general staff in New York is in touch with Thais living in the metropolitan area as well as with Thai associations and Buddhist temples.

He said the consulate-general has prepared measures and procedures in case of emergency to assist Thai citizens.

Mr Damrong, acting foreign ministry spokesman, said there are some 30,000-40,000 Thais living in New York City and 10,000 in nearby areas which could be affected by the hurricane.

He said that Thai nationals can directly contact the consulate-general and that there are also some networks of Thais in the US which always provide information to each other.

On that basis, he said he believed that all Thais in storm-affected areas would receive information and are well prepared for the storm.