CHIANG RAI – The Minister of Education, Jaturon Chaisang, said that there has been extensive damage to Chaing Rai schools due to the recent earthquake. Five schools, and eight buildings with 60 classrooms were severely destroyed in Phan district, Mae Lao district and Mae Suai districts.
The overall damage is valued at 152.5 million baht and while a budget has been prepared for the renovation, additional budget will be needed since some schools will have to be demolished and be rebuilt. It is expected that the cabinet will approve a budget for this as soon as possible.
At present, a building at the Phanphittayakhom school was destroyed and waiting for an engineer’s inspection. At the moment, temporary classrooms will be used.
At the Mae Lao Wittayakhom school, there were three buildings (including 22 classrooms) that were hit hard. Inspectors with access to the building have proclaimed that all of them need to be demolished. The demolition of three damaged buildings and construction of two new buildings will cost 45 million baht and students at the school are planning to use a temporary facilities until school resumes.
The Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning has been to inspect the damage after the earthquake at Phan District, Chiang Rai Province.
Mr.Monthon Sudprasert, Director General of the Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning said the number of buildings and structures damaged in the earthquake was extensive. The region of Chiang Rai itself has sustained heavy damage especially to houses, while Wat Phra That Doi Suthep’s peak at Chiang Mai, and Phayao were not badly affected.
Mr.Monthon also spoke about building maintenance, and said that the department is surveying the structural soundness of buildings erected before 2007 and will restore buildings with obvious defects.
The Department of Public Works and Town & Country Planning is also offering safety advice books to people in areas at risk, or people can access the information at www.dpt.go.th