This was not just the Thai government’s weekend. Another minister tested positive for Covid-19, while the new Parliament complex flooded. Again. Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced today that he has tested positive for Covid-19, a few days after Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced the capture of the virus.
The Minister of Industry is fully vaccinated with AstraZeneca and received a booster shot from Pfizer, and reports that he started taking medication last night before confirming the diagnosis today. He reports that his symptoms are mild, so he will be able to work from home and continue his duties without being affected. He also made his timeline available for contact tracing for anyone who may have come into contact with him recently and been exposed to Covid-19.
Meanwhile, the 12.2 billion baht Parliament complex that was under construction for 8 years and opened last year had its ground floor flooded, the third such incident since opening. This time, however, the House secretariat claims it was not a leak due to poor construction, but rather torrential rains that blew into the floor of the building due to tropical storm Chaba. In their defense, they mentioned that the ground floor of the Parliament complex is open on all sides, without any proper walling to prevent the rain from blowing in on windy days.
Former Democratic MP Watchara Petthong reported the flooding, saying it was the third water problem suffered by the new building, considered the largest parliament building in the world, with 11 floors on about 47 hectares of land . He pointed to substandard materials, specifications and quality control that lead to construction defects that are the source of previous water problems.
The last flood was in March when a pipe burst in the building of the secretariat of the Senate. The House secretariat says the photos being circulated now are actually of that earlier flood. Flooding this weekend drenched an exhibition to commemorate Parliament’s 90th anniversary, with display booths blown down by the tropical storm’s strong winds. Cleaning crews were ordered to restore the cabins after drying the area.
SOURCE: The Nation 1 and 2
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