Thailand's anti-graft body says Yingluck not negligent in handling floods

2017-09-13 13:31:15 GMT2017-09-13 21:31:15(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BANGKOK, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Thailand's anti-graft agency saidon Wednesday that there was insufficient evidence to prove thatex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was negligent in failing toprevent great damage caused by the 2011 flooding.

Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, chairman of the NationalAnti-Corruption Commission (NACC), told media that naturaldisasters are not predictable, while there was no evidence ofYingluck's malfeasance in handling the massive flooding.

"Yingluck has properly followed administrative steps in handlingthe floods, thus the NACC has passed a resolution to clear herallegation," Watcharapol was quoted as saying by the localmedia.

Since 2016, the NACC has been investigating two former primeministers - Yingluck and Ahbisit Vejjajiva - to determine whethertheir governments were responsible for the flooding disaster in2011.

The disastrous flooding in 2011 was blamed on allegedmismanagement of the country's water supplies at differentdams.

Critics said the dams were holding too much water at a time whenthe country was hit by a series of rainstorms.

The disasters caused damage of more than 350 billion baht (about10 billion U.S. dollars), according to the local media. Enditem