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FLOODS

Supplementary govt budget possible

Wichit Chaitrong

The Nation

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Further losses seen as run-offs approach Bangkok

The economic cost of the severe flooding is expected to increase further, as parts of Bangkok may not now be spared from the fast-rising water levels.

The government may, therefore, need a supplementary midyear budget for economic rehabilitation, said Deputy Prime Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-12

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There's no place like home: evacuees

MAYUREE SUKYINGCHAROENWONG

THE NATION

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More than 1,000 flood victims have taken shelter at Thammasat University's Rangsit Campus. But for them, there's no place like home.

"Life is much more comfortable here. But I wish I could return to my home soon," Kedwadee Jamlongpeng from Ayutthaya said yesterday.

Her two-storey house, shared by 14 family members, is behind Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Hospital. When the flood waters broke in, they scattered to the homes of their relatives in Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri and Buri Ram.

"We don't want to cause more of a burden on our relatives. So we went to Ayutthaya City Hall instead," Kedwadee said about the decision made by her and her husband.

"Then someone said we had better move here because it's more comfortable. That's how we ended up here."

The 27-year-old refugee said her family received all the necessities they needed at the campus.

"We get food and clothes. All the volunteers are nice. They always ask us if we need anything," she said. "Still, no place can make us feel at ease like our home can."

She is now praying that the flood will soon subside and her family can go back home soon.

"All our belongings might be gone. We moved them up to the second floor but it reached the upper floor too," she said.

This flood is more severe that the big flood in 1995. Back then, it did not enter the second floor, she said.

"But by the time we decided to leave home this time, the flood waters were already knee-deep," she said.

Nirut Wiboonchaikul, 35, said his one-floor house and his car were now submerged.

"I've lost everything, all the things in the house and all the important documents in the car.

They're all gone," he said. He hopes the government will offer more assistance than just the Bt5,000 handout. "That's too little," he said.

Nirut, his wife and their two children escaped the flooding unharmed.

Prof Somkit Lertpaithoon, rector of Thammasat University, said the Gymnasium II building and the main stadium at the Rangsit campus could accommodate up to 1,700 evacuees.

"If necessary, we can open Gymnasium I. So far, there are just 1,031 evacuees with us now," he said.

About 1,300 volunteers including students were at the campus helping out the flood refugees.

"We're confident we can take good care of them," he said.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-12

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NORTHERN THAILAND

International Horticultural Exposition returns to Chiang Mai

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Princess visits Ayutthaya

THE NATION

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HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn yesterday visited flood-affected residents in Ayutthaya province, which has been severely inundated after some embankments collapsed on Monday.

During the visit, the princess handed out relief packages and also led a medical team from Ramathibodhi Hospital to provide medical treatment.

The municipal area was submerged after the flood barriers collapsed, and hospitals had to evacuate patients in critical condition to other facilities. The rising floods drove hundreds of people from their homes, while some lost their homes altogether.

The princess also visited rice mills under the royal-initiated Chai Pattana Foundation in Ayutthaya's Lat Bua Luang district as well as the flood shelter set up at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University's Wang Noi campus. The princess has told officials to set up makeshift kitchens in the campus to provide food to the flood-hit people.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-12

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Activist's jail term reduced

THE NATION

The Supreme Court yesterday sentenced an environmentalist to four months in jail for crashing a party thrown by the developer of the Hin Krut Power Plant project.

Jintana Kaewkhao, who heads the Ban Krut Environ-ment Club, was convicted of intrusion.

On January 13, 2001, she led supporters into the compound of Union Power Development and threw dirty things onto dining tables there during a party to commemorate its third anniversary.

The company took legal action against Jintana, but the Criminal Court dropped the case against her.

The company appealed and Jintana was convicted and sentenced to six-months' imprisonment.

The case went to the Supreme Court, which cut the jail term to four months.

Korn-uma, another activist, thanked locals for their united opposition, as the Hin Krut project was eventually scrapped. "We will camp out in front of the prison where Jintana is detained. We will show her our moral support," she said.

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-- The Nation 2011-10-12

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