Thai opposition wants more for flood relief

November 9, 2011 - 3:30 AM
Thailand Floods

Thai residents walk on planks to keep dry from floodwaters as they alight from a train station at the Mon Chit area in Bangkok, Thailand on Tuesday Nov. 8, 2011. Thailand's energy minister Pichai Naripthaphan said the flood crisis in Bangkok is likely to drag on for another month, as authorities issued another evacuation advisory in a northern neighborhood and floodwaters inched further into the city's heart. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's former premier says his successor needs to give up her party's pet projects to free up money for flood recovery.

Abhisit Vejjajiva, whose party lost to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's party this summer, says some campaign promises the government made must be sacrificed.

Abhisit spoke at a parliament session where Yingluck submitted a budget bill calling for 2.38 trillion baht ($77.2 billion) in spending, including an initial 120 billion baht ($3.9 billion) for flood recovery and rehabilitation. Abhisit did not say how much should be spent.

The flooding began in late July and has killed 529 people. The water has reached parts of Bangkok, where residents are frustrated by government confusion over how much worse the flooding will get.