PRIME Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha kicked off a fundraising campaign to help Northeastern and Northern flood victims by donating 100,000 baht of his personal funds to help them, Thai News Agency said today (August 4).
Minister Attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Omsin Chiwaphruek invited the private sector and the general public to donate cash for the flood victims during the special event “Pracharat Ruam Jai Tai Rom Phra Barami” being held this evening from 6 to 7.30 pm at Santi Maitri building of the Government House.
Donations up to 130 million baht have already been committed and Prime Minister Prayut and the other ministers will be on hand to receive them this evening.
Donations can be made by telephone at number 02-356-0303, with 30 phone lines available for callers, or by bank transfer to the Office of the Prime Minister’s Disaster Relief Fund at account number 067-0-06895-0 of Krungthai Bank. Each donor will be eligible for a tax deduction 1.5 times the donated amount, National News Bureau of Thailand said.
With the Prime Minister set to answer calls by himself, the fundraising activity will be broadcast live on NBT, MCOT HD, Channel 5 and Radio Thailand.
Mr Omsin added that this fundraising drive should be able to draw 300 to 500 million baht in donations but this might not be enough to help these victims as it is estimated that as much as 15 billion baht is needed.
For this reason those interested in making donations can do so from today till the end of September with the government using the donated funds fully to help those in trouble.
In the midst of the flood situation, Government Spokesperson Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd made known that the Prime Minister has instructed all agencies overseeing the management of reservoirs to ensure the integrity of the structures and their ability to accommodate additional rainwater. New technology is also to be applied to keep the agencies updated on weather conditions.
Top: A badly flooded area in the Northeast of Thailand. Photo: Thai News Agency