Authorities in flood-hit Chachoengsao province have complained about inadequate relief funding as many affected households were in dire need of state assistance.
Amnart Prasert, mayor of tambon Pak Nam municipality in Bang Khla district, yesterday said floodwaters had risen rapidly by to up to 1.5m in many communities.
Many households wanted thick foam floats to move their belongings from their flooded houses, Mr Amnart said, adding there was also a shortage of sand bags.
He complained the 500,000-baht budget allocated to each flood-hit district was not enough for relief operations. He had to buy sandbags and floatable foam sheets for residents from his pocket before the flood relief budget was disbursed, Mr Amnart said.
The mayor said there were other expenses that municipal executives had paid for themselves, such as food and drinking water for officials, soldiers and volunteers helping with evacuations.
He questioned the government's measures to deal with this year's flooding after the flood crisis of 2011.
Mr Amnart said he has been kept in the dark about the government's flood management plan, including emergency measures to help flood victims.
Twenty-five provinces remain flooded and the death toll has reached 42, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported yesterday.
The floods are affecting 982,799 people in 5,542 communities in 116 districts. Officials have evacuated 7,376 flood-hit residents.
In Buri Ram's Lam Plai Mat district yesterday, authorities closed traffic on a section of Highway 226, the main link between Buri Ram and Nakhon Ratchasima, after a lorry sent to help evacuate vehicles and flood victims overturned.