Supreme Patriarch urges all temples to pray for Lao victims

The Supreme Patriarch has ordered all temples in the Northeast to gather food and other necessities to be delivered to Buddhism offices in their respective provinces so they can be sent to Laos to help the flood victims.

The Supreme Patriarch also instructed monks across the country to pray for the victims and for the quick recovery from the disaster.

About one million baht worth of relief materials was donated to the Lao people by the Supreme Patriarch.

Meanwhile, the Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding Company, the main stakeholder of the Xe-Pian Xe Namnoy hydro-electric dam in Attapeu province, has donated 1,300 million kips (about five million baht) to the Lao government for the relief efforts to help victims from the dam collapse.

The company’s managing director Mr Kitja Sripatthangkura said Wednesday that the company had coordinated with the governor of Ubon Ratchathani and Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) to arrange for relief materials and temporary utilities to be provided to the victims.

He added that the company’s executives and staff had left for Laos to help in coordinating relief efforts.

Hundreds of people went missing burst on Monday night, unleashing about 5,000 million cubic metres of water downstream, flooding six villages in Sanamxay district of Attapeu province. About 6,000 people were reportedly forced to evacuate from their houses.

It was reported that a team of officials from Xe-Pian Xe Namnoy electricity company had been dispatched to the dam site to investigate the cause of the collapse of the saddle dam which is not the main dam.

A relief coordinating centre was set up today at Chong Mek border point in Sirindhorn district of Ubon Ratchathani as food, drinking water and other necessities donated by members of the public poured into the centre.

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