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Saturday, June 16, 2012

No Flooding in Thailand 2012, Part 1, 16.06.12

or Deja Vu All over Again In Thailand
I finally learned why their was no serious or dangerous flooding in Isaa lasy year,
It was determined that flooding of more than 3 meters was considered dangerous or serious. Fancy footwork for a race of people that rarely reach 2 meters.
Just as when you put the poverty level to a point to eradicate poor and no one has ever benn reported to have died of road injuries that occured during the 7 dangerous days of Songkran, this is "ThaiFact" and "ThaiAccounting" at it's best.
The Government has already announced that their will be no serious flooding this year, which is probably quite the suprise to the folk in Phrae and elsewhere in the North.

                        And here is the first in a series of No flooding aricles for 2012

I just have to lead with this one. Good they have been using bisaed estimatoers, I wonder how much a victim has to tip to get a payment.
PM promises independent assessment of damages Published: 10/06/2012 at 02:01 AMNewspaper section: News 13
"The government has bowed to a barrage of complaints about unfair flood compensation payments and will consider bringing in a neutral body to assess damage costs."
Even the Red Shirts can finally smell a skunk
Ministers to hand out flood cash Published: 7/06/2012 at 01:33 AMNewspaper section: News
Cabinet members will oversee flood rehabilitation in 31 provinces themselves after the government faced fierce protests over problems with its compensation offers.Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has assigned 31 ministers to make sure all flood victims' demands are met, a source said.She wants to curb the spread of street rallies, which have erupted in Pathum Thani and Ayutthaya, a stronghold of pro-government red shirt groups.
More of it...I thought te comp amount had been fixed already. (Read Fixed as the operative word)
Flood compo protesters threaten roadblock Published: 12/06/2012 at 01:56 AMNewspaper section: News
AYUTTHAYA : Residents in Bang Bua Thong district of Nonthaburi organised another protest yesterday against what they claim is unfair distribution of flood compensation payments.
About 1,000 residents gathered in front of Bang Bua Thong municipal office to demand that authorities stop unequal amounts from being doled out to victims without clear criteria for determining what the compensation package should be.They submitted a four-point list of demands, including a flat rate flood rehabilitation payment of 20,000 baht per household.
Flood-rehabilitation corruption Published: 18/01/2012 at 08:16 PMOnline news: Learning From News
Bribes to politicans & civil servants 25-30% of govt budget (200 billion baht a year, 2% of GDP). Big worry over flood-rehab project corruption opportunity.
The government plans to invest as much as 3 trillion baht over the next decade, but if corruption cannot be limited it could cost from 800 billion to 1 trillion baht, said Thanavath Phonvichai, an economist at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
The calculation was based on the framework investment of 2.27 trillion baht plus 350 billion baht worth of flood-rehabilitation projects and other investments by state enterprises