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Thailand thanks Taiwan for flood donations

Thailand thanks Taiwan for flood donations

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) Flood-stricken Thailand has received relief funds of more than NT$1.62 million (US$53,800) from Taiwanese people and Thai nationals living on the island, according to a statement released by the Thailand Trade and Economic Office (TTEO) in Taipei Monday. In the statement, the TTEO also expressed its gratitude to the government for offering assistance and an initial donation of US$100,000 a month ago when the country was hit by its worst floods in fifty years. Half of Thailand's population has been affected by the floods, which have had a significant impact on the agricultural, industrial and service sectors, the TTEO said. It added that flood victims were still in need of relief items, such as small boats, tents, food supplies, rain boots and drinking water. The government in Thailand has launched various programs to help the country recover from the disaster. The statement pointed out that government has allocated around US$1,000 as compensation for each affected household, and that repayment plans have been postponed for those badly affected by the floods. In total, US$1.38 billion will be earmarked to help the country get back on track, the TTEO outlined. According to foreign news reports, the disaster has claimed more than 500 lives as of Sunday. Although no deaths have been reported in the capital city of Bangkok, the nearby province of Ayutthaya, which has been submerged for more than one month, has reported 90 deaths. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Maia Huang)


Updated : 2021-06-22 21:01 GMT+08:00