Bangkok blast: King and queen offer aid to slain victims' kin

Their Majesties the King and Queen have granted Bt90,000 (S$3,500) in financial aid to each of the families of victims killed in Monday's bloody bomb blast.

The explosion, which rocked the Erawan Shrine in the heart of Bangkok, caused at least 20 deaths and injured more than 100 others.

Many of the injured victims were still being treated yesterday while six were in intensive-care units.

Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said Their Majesties would also pay for the medical cost that could not be reimbursed.

"Privy councillors have been assigned to take flowers to the injured victims," he added.

Pol General Chaiyong Keeratikajohn, adviser Level 10 of the National Police Office, separately said that of the 20 people known killed, 14 were foreigners.

"Five were Chinese nationals, five were Malaysians, two were Hong Kong residents, one was an Indonesian and one a Singaporean," he said.

The bodies of all the deceased have been identified.

The Thai government and Thai Airways International will help transport the foreign victims' bodies to their homelands.

The families of foreign victims will receive Bt300,000 compensation from the Tourism and Sports Ministry through a fund set up to provide coverage to foreign tourists.

The compensation will be on top of the Bt100,000 that the Justice Ministry has provided.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-Ngam and PM's Office Minister ML Panadda Diskul will today attend religious rites dedicating merit to people killed by the blast.

Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-ocha said the rites would be held in accordance with the beliefs of five religions. He urged those who wished to conduct rituals in memory of the victims to join the same event.

"Don't hold the rituals separately as that may lead to other problems such as traffic," Prayut said.