The Thai Foreign Affairs Ministry will seek approval from the Cabinet on Monday to provide an emergency relief fund amounting to Bt200 million to assist Japan after Friday’s massive earthquake and resultant tsunami, said Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Piromya on Sunday.
Mr Kasit told journalists after a meeting with the Japanese ambassador to Thailand, Seiji Kojima, that immediate relief measures which the Thai government would provide to Japan in the form of 35 medical teams from the Public Health Ministry to be dispatched “within the next one or two days” to Japan. They would be stationed at a Thai Buddhist temple in Narita and offer medical checkups, along with providing rehabilitation services to Thais living there as well as to Japanese citizens.
The Japanese government do not need Thai rescue teams, sniffer dogs or officials for identifying bodies as Japanese authorities are better equipped with personnel, Mr Kasit said.
On Monday, Mr Kasit said he would propose to the Cabinet during its meeting to allocate about Bt200 million which would cover travel expenses for Thai officials travelling to Japan and buy necessities including blankets and socks, as Japan is still experiencing cold weather.