BANGKOK – Catholic students in Thailand are looking for ways to rehabilitate farmers whose lands were destroyed by flooding in various parts of the country.

“We visited 300 Buddhist communities in Phimai district…No organization has reached these areas,” said Kanrawee Plienprayoon.

Kanrawee is the treasurer for the Catholic Undergraduate Centre of Thailand (CUCT) planning long-term rehabilitation for flood victims in remote areas in Nakhon Ratchasima, one of the hardest-hit provinces.

Most people tend to forget long-term rehabilitation once they have provided relief support after a disaster, said CUCT chaplain Father Mahar Probosono.

CUCT vice chairperson Pimpatch Promwong added that the group plans long-term support to aid villagers rebuild their lives.

She explained that the centre is also monitoring the government’s promised compensation to farmers. “If the compensation does not materialize, we will keep pushing the government. At the same time, we are ready with our own funds and will also start campaigning for donations.”

The government has announced compensation of 2,098 baht (about S$91) per rai (1,600 square meters) of rice fields destroyed by floods. However, estimated losses amount to 4,000-5,000 baht per rai.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives has reported that the floods have affected 1.2 million farmers and destroyed 10.8 million rai of land nationwide.  UCANEWS.COM