BANGKOK, 23 April 2012 Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Yongyuth Wichaidit has instructed all provincial authorities to provide speedy assistance to drought victims in all areas. Meanwhile, 48 provinces have so far been declared drought disaster zones.
During a video conference with provincial governors on the current drought solution, Mr. Yongyuth has underlined the importance of providing speedy assistance to drought victims in all affected areas. In order to achieve this goal, an advanced budget of 50 million baht will be allocated to each of the provincial governors. However, in the case of large-scale damage in agricultural lands, provincial authorities are to coordinate with the Ministry of Agriculture to request for a central budget from the cabinet to aid farmers.
On this occasion, the Deputy Prime Minister also stressed that the drought situation is to be considered an urgent matter which requires the integration of all relevant agencies as well as the cooperation of local administration offices and communities. With 48 provinces already declared drought disaster zones, the Interior Ministry has ordered the affected provinces to set up an ad hoc operation center to prevent and resolve drought situation at provincial, district and local administration levels.
Meanwhile, Director-General of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department Wiboon Sanguanpong has disclosed that department has established an urgent measure to deal with the drought situation, focusing on the sufficient provision of water for consumption and agriculture, employment in villages to create income and prevent migration, prevention of epidemics and assistance measures for drought victims. Additionally, all relevant parties have been urged to conserve water and devise an efficient water management strategy, which will help alleviate and contain the drought crisis.
(NNT : Nu-dhorn Patimapragorn)