Transport Minister assesses quake damage


CHIANG RAI, 6 May 2014  — The Transport Minister has traveled to quake-hit Chiang Rai in order to assess the total damage the recent earthquake has caused to the northernmost region.

Transport Minister Chadchart Sittipunt traveled to Chaing Rai province in response to the 6.3-magnitude earthquake that ravaged through the area. He reported that many roads and transportation routes have been severely damaged and needed immediate fixing.

On the Mae Lao – Mae Saruay route, there are 3 spots that have been badly damaged by the quake. In the Ministry’s initial plan, all traffic will be redirected by local traffic police, whereas heavy trucks will be forced to use other routes instead.

So far, Chiang Rai has reported one casualty from the quake, an 83-year-old woman who was crushed by her home’s wall and died while receiving treatment in hospital.