File photo:  Bangkok flooding in 2011
File photo: Bangkok flooding in 2011

Yingluck cleared over 2011 flooding

politics September 14, 2017 01:00

By The Nation

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THE National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) yesterday has dropped a dereliction of duty charge against former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra over her handling of the major flooding in 2011, NACC president Pol General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit said yesterday.

The NACC meeting yesterday decided that the former premier had done her best in following state procedures provided, and there was not sufficient evidence to prove that she was negligent in her duty at the time.

The flooding, Pol General Watcharapol added, was the result of natural disasters, as there were several storms smashing the country during the period, and the NACC concluded that nobody should be held responsible.

As such, it concluded that Yingluck was not guilty of being dereliction as alleged.

File photo: Yingluck in 2011

The ongoing investigation stemmed from complaints filed with the previous NACC against the governments of Yingluck and Abhisit Vejjajiva, both of whom were accused of mismanaging water supplies and causing disastrous floods.

Abhisit’s Democrat government preceded Yingluck’s Pheu Thai administration.

The disastrous flooding in 2011 was blamed on alleged mismanagement of the country’s water supplies at different dams. Critics said the dams were holding too much water at a time when the country was hit by a series of rainstorms.

The flooding lasted more than five months and affected 65 of the country’s 77 provinces, including Bangkok. It left more than 800 people dead and damaged property worth more than Bt1.4 trillion.

Watcharapol did not yet reveal the NACC’s conclusions in the accusations against the Abhisit government. 

File photo: Bangkok flooding in 2011

File photo: Bangkok flooding in 2011