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Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt visited communities affected by a massive fire in Bangkok late at night on Tuesday and vowed to help the people rebuild their lives.
“I have nothing left,” one of the victims whose entire house was burnt down told the governor on camera as he was conducting his visit.
Chadchart said at least 30 houses were burned down from a fire that broke out at the Bon Kai Community inside Soi Pluk Chit on Rama 4 road on Tuesday afternoon. At least 12 people were injured and four were hospitalised.
He said at least 109 people were affected by the blaze and are sheltering at an emergency center that was set up on a futsal field inside Bon Kai Youth Centre. Some of them have nowhere else to go and some said they are looking for rent elsewhere.
Around 200 bags with daily essentials were also provided to the victims and health agencies will conduct ATK tests on Wednesday to prevent a Covid-19 cluster.
Leader of the Thai Sang Thai Party Sudarat Keyuraphan and her team was also there to provide relief bags to the victims last night.
Chadchart ordered related agencies in Pathumwan district to provide food, water and mobile toilets for the victims. He said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrator (BMA) is looking to provide relief money for the victims at no more than 6,000 baht per household.
The injured will also receive relief money of 2,000 baht for minor injuries and 4,000 baht if hospitalized.
“Houses can be rebuilt but the people must survive,” Chardchart said.
He told the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in Bangkok that it was lucky that there was a fire hydrant 600 meters away from the site of the fire which allowed firetrucks to quickly reach the site.
The governor instructed the agency to come up with a report to find out what they have learned from the fire as preparation for possible future fires in crowded areas.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha on Wednesday ordered related central agencies to check on other crowded communities in Bangkok Metropolitan Region for fire hazards to prevent future fires.
The cause of the fire in Bon Kai is still under investigation and the initial report said a fire was started from a two-storage wooden house in the community.