On October 27th 2010, Tri Akaradecha, the Governor of Phuket, and head of Phuket government offices, joined via a video conference the 11th Governors’ meeting with the Ministry of Interior in 2010. The meeting was presided over by Chawarat Chanweerakul, the Minister of Interior, in Bangkok.
In the meeting, Chawarat informed that the provinces affected by floods could spend 50 million baht of advance money in recovering and helping residents in their provinces. If the money was not enough, each province could submit money requests to the Comptroller General’s Department.
The department could give a maximum amount to each province of 200 million baht. If the money was still not enough, the province had to submit a request right away to the ministry. The ministry could then give each province 500 million baht maximum. In addition, the meeting agreed that each province could order or buy essential items in advance before they sent the purchasing request forms to the ministry.
The minister assigned the provinces not affected by floods to establish donation centers to help flood victims. Consequently, Phuket’s donation center was established in the area of the new Phuket Provincial Hall. Tri said that there were a lot of donated essential items. They had been sent to the flood areas by four trucks.
The next two trucks would leave Phuket to deliver donated items in the flood provinces on October 28th 2010. This truck would carry drinking water and food from Jui Tui Shrine. He added that there were many Phuket residents who went to donate items at the center. The donations were worth several millions of baht.