Interior Minister Chavarat Chanvirakul has instructed governors of provinces on the Thai-Cambodian border to set up war rooms to monitor the border situation and hand out assistance to villagers affected by cross-border shellings.
Mr Chavarat on Tuesday chaired a meeting with the governors of Surin, Buri Ram and Sa Kaeo as well as officials from related units in Surin province. He reiterated to the governors of those border provinces to stay alert and set up war rooms to give assistances, both at the provincial and district levels.
The minister also assigned the provincial governors to closely coordinate with the military, monitor news reports provided by coordinators at the community level, warn local residents upon possible spilling-over of clashes, and be prepared for evacuation.
Mr Chavarat ordered all provinces located near the border to establish a self-defense system, with supports from other districts and nearby provinces. He also asked the officials to speedily raise understanding with villagers, take evacuation drills and boost their morale.
The minister later visited local residents gathering at Kap Choeng Witthaya School and gave them survival kits plus his own donation of 100,000 THB through Kap Choeng district office. He also conversed with villagers, telling them to bear with the situation and wait for upcoming peace.