05/14/2014 (press release: JaturontThan)
The Royal Thai Army has been ordered to assist people affected by Monday night 6.3 magnitude earthquake centered in the Phan district of Chiang Rai as well as the scores of aftershocks.
The 3rd Region of the Royal Thai Army would send soldiers to work with other agencies in Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phayao, Nan, Lamphun, and Phitsanulok to inspect the damage and provide assistance, according to the Royal Thai Army’s deputy spokesman, Colonel Winchai Suwaree.
Lieutenant General Preecha Chan-ocha, the 3rd Region Army area commander, said that Royal Thai Army Chief Prayuth Chan-ocha has ordered the 3rd Region Army to explore the impact of the earthquakes. Further, General Prayuth ordered the army to send soldiers to assist people were who heartily affected by the earthquake. The area affected by the earthquake is under the supervision of the 3rd Region Army Areas.
In this situation, people in Chiang Rai have been most affected. There are 54,000 people in 45 sub-districts of 7 districts. The 3rd Army has coordinated with all sectors in Chiang Rai and established the mitigation center as the office of the Chiang Rai Province.
In addition, Lieutenant General Preecha Chan-ocha specifically ordered soldiers in the Chiang Rai County militia to assist people in the Pan and Mae Lao districts. He organized 350 soldiers to take care of the people in these areas. In addition, he sent 15 soldier teams and 1 paramedic team to the Pan, Mae Lao, Mae Saruey, and Chiang Rai districts.
He said that if the Chiang Rai Mitigation Center requested engineer soldiers to help and repair the utilities, they would be ready to send these soldiers to help immediately.
The Army’s situation assessment found more 100 homes in 8 provinces effected by the earthquake. The Royal Thai Army will accelerate the implementation of help. The 3rd Region Army area commander has sent 19 squadrons to Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Chiang Mai, and Nan. Further, they will also send paramedic teams, vehicles, and military equipment to help people in need.
By Kittima Chanwattanasil
May 14, 2014