Flooding remains in 24 provinces of Thailand, and the flood death toll has risen to 533 says the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
The 24 provinces are Bangkok, Phichit, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Lop Buri, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Samut Sakhon, Samut Prakan, Ubon Ratchathani, Si Sa Ket, Roi Et, Maha Sarakham, Kalasin, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok and Prachin Buri.
Meanwhile, Thailand’s business sector has outlined a seven-point proposal to the government to help flood-affected enterprises to recover and foreign investors to regain confidence.
Chairman of the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, Nandor von der Luehe says the government needs to announce clear plans for rehabilitation and for the prevention of future flooding.
The seven point proposal include soft loans for small and medium-sized enterprises; delay in payments of corporate, customs and Board of Investment taxes; unemployment assistance, and insurance coverage for businesses. The Chambers of Commerce says the government should work with foreign experts to solve the problem of severe flooding and provide accurate and timely information to foreign investors.