THAI starts delivering necessities to Japan

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BANGKOK, 17 March 2011 (NNT) – Thai Airways International (THAI) is preparing cargoes of necessities, including blankets and water, to be gradually sent to Japan to aid disaster victims.

Upon the Foreign Ministry’s request, THAI President Piyasvasti Amranand said the national flag carrier was about to deliver relief supplies to Tokyo, Japan, to alleviate people’s suffering in the wake of the destructive 8.9-magnitude tremor and tsunami. The first lot to be sent today via flight TG640 weighs about 7 tons and comprises 5,000 THAI blankets and 4.8 tons of drinking water, plus another 90 boxes of blankets and 400 flashlights donated through the Foreign Ministry.

The President assured that the airline was fully ready to supply donated goods to the quake and tsunami victims in Japan every day during this period.

Meanwhile, CAT Telecom Plc is offering the public free phone calls to and from Japan 24 hours a day until 23 March in a bid to help connect Thai people with their relatives in the devastated country. Callers in Thailand can simply dial 009 while those in Japan can access through the CAT Thailand Direct service.