The Thai cabinet approved 1.6 billion baht ($48 million) in relief funds for farmers in the north and northeast effected by flooding over the last couple of weeks
So far 29 people have lost their lives in the flooding and roughly 700,000 hectares of farmland has been damaged across 36 provinces, where damages are estimated to total $300 million.
Thailand is currently the world’s second- biggest exporter of rice and the government is wary that flooding might affect rice production which usually starts in mid-August.
The rice export association of Thailand however is confident that the recent flooding will not prevent them from reaching their target of exporting 10 million tonnes this year.
The relief funds that were approved yesterday (August 8) will be distributed amongst 560,000 farming household across the affected provinces.
When the Junta took control they proposed a 10-year water management plan to avoid a repeat of the 2011 floods, where 900 people lost their lives, however the plan is still under review.
HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn has asked the government to devise a long-term strategy to deal with the water management.
Tensions are beginning to rise after opposition to the military government accused them for being too slow to react to the recent flooding.
Source : Reuters
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