Cabinet approves Bt60 bn relief package for tsunami victims


The cabinet today approved the Bt60 billion relief package for local tsunami victims, damaged businesses and to repay airlines for transporting foreign survivors home free.

The televised cabinet meeting today agreed to the Bt5.57 billion baht fund for payments to everyone who lost relatives, or property to the December 26 tsunami which hit the Andaman coast of southern Thailand.

Amost Bt240 million will go to hotels which provided free rooms and free flights home to surviving foreign tourists. About Bt740 million will aid local survivors and relatives of the dead, while about Bt100 million will serve a scholarships for 446 children who lost their parents to the tidal waves disaster.

The remainder of the money will be use as soft loans to help damaged business revert to normal operations.

The tsunami wave disaster of December 26, 2004 killed at least 5,300 people and left 3,370 missing.

Published on Jan 11 , 2005

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