MOFA to assist blast victims in collecting Thai compensation
The government says it will help Taiwanese citizens who were injured during the recent Bangkok blast to file for Thailand government-issued compensation.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( MOFA) spokeswoman Eleanor Wang ( ) said yesterday that it had not yet received official information from the Thai authorities regarding more compensation details, after the latter reportedly pledged to support those affected by the deadly explosion near the Erawan Shrine late Monday.
”We will continue to check with our Thai counterparts to learn how to file for the compensation on behalf of all R.O.C. citizens injured during the incident,” she added.
More than 20 people were killed and more than 100 others were injured during the deadly explosion near the popular tourist site in Bangkok late Monday, among them six Taiwanese. Two smallscale explosions occurred on Tuesday, leaving no casualties.
Multiple foreign news outlets yesterday quoted Thai Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin as saying that the government would pay for the medical treatment of all people injured.
According to a Rights and Liberties Protection Department announcement issued in four languages — Thai, English, Chinese and Russian — the Thai government will provide the victims up to 20,000 Thai baht for medical bills and 200 Thai baht per day for a period of one year in lost earnings.
Up to 50,000 Thai baht will be provided to families whose loves ones were killed, 20,000 Thai baht to cover funeral rites and 30,000 Thai baht in compensation to those injured, according to foreign media reports.
Currently, four R.O.C. citizens are still hospitalized and in stable condition in Bangkok following the blast.
Among other victims, a father and his daughter, both surnamed Chang, returned to Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon after undergoing initial medical treatment at a Bangkok hospital.
Leave Info at BOCA Site before
Meanwhile, in the wake of the Bangkok explosions, Wang yes- terday reiterated the ministry’s longtime urge for nationals to go to the ministry’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ (BOCA) website and register their personal information and contact numbers before traveling overseas.
The move would allow the Foreign Ministry to inform Taiwan’s representative offices around the world about travelers’ upcoming visits.
The information enables overseas offices to establish contact with R.O.C. nationals if emergencies arise, like with the recent situation in Bangkok or natural disasters, according to BOCA.
The BOCA service has been in place since August 2002. However, very few people have taken advantage of the service, according to BOCA.
According to Shirley Hsueh, director of BOFA’s Document Authentication Division, only 100 Taiwanese citizens visiting Thailand in August have entered their personal contact information into BOCA’s system so far.
Statistics provided by the Thailand Tourism Bureau show that more than 80,000 Taiwanese visited Thailand this past July alone.