NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Public donations for victims of the shooting rampage that left 30 people killed and 58 injured have surged past 80 million baht, and more money may be allocated to the injured, governor Wichian Chantaranothai said on Sunday.
Residents in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday take part in a merit-making ceremony for the victims of the mass killing at the Terminal 21 shopping mall. (Photo by Apichart Jinakul)
Speaking at Wat Pa Sattharum temple in Muang district, where nine people were gunned down on Feb 8, Mr Wichian said as of 8am on Sunday the donations totalled 80.1 million baht.
The families of the 27 people killed have been given 1 million baht each from the donations, while the families of 22 victims still hospitalised have received 100,000 baht each.
A total of 29.2 million baht has been paid out from the donated funds. The remaining amount, as of Sunday morning, was 50.9 million baht.
The governor said a meeting will be held today to consider giving more to the injured to meet the criteria set by the provincial health office and the Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital.
Plans call for those permanenty disabled to receive 1 million baht each, those temporarily disabled to get up to 700,000 baht, those treated in intensive care 300,000 baht, those seriously injured but not requiring treatment in an ICU 200,000 baht, those with moderate injuries 100,000 baht, and those with slight injuries up to 30,000 baht.
Allocation of remaining donations will be determined by a committee, and may include continued payments to the families of those killed and injured as necessary, especially to raise the quality of life for the disabled, said the governor.