Banglamung District Chief Chaowalit Saeng-Uthai and Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome presented the disaster payments to 509 families at Pattaya School No. 2 Dec. 28. Pong Sub-district officials were also on hand to distribute aid to residents there.
Flood victims receive some compensation from the government for their suffering during the Sept. 30 and Oct. 8 floods.
The 2.55 million baht handed out came from the national government’s flood-disaster compensation fund. While Pattaya suffered nowhere near the flooding damage of central Thailand or Bangkok, families could qualify for the stipend if they had to evacuate their homes quickly or lived in flooded conditions for seven days.
The Banglamung and Pattaya cases stemmed from substandard infrastructure that prevented heavy rains on Sept. 30 and Oct. 8 from draining quickly.
In all, 958 area households received government handouts in compensation for local flooding during the recent rainy season.