Update: Thailand Floods 2011
In the last week of March 2011, heavy rains have caused flash floods and landslides in the south of Thailand. More than 15 people have been killed, and over 100 people are missing. Almost one million people in eight provinces have been affected by the floods, the second in five months.
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World Vision response
In the first few days following the floods, World Vision Thailand distributed 3,000 emergency kits that contained various items such as water, rice, noodles, canned fish, sanitary products and first aid medicine. World Vision staff are liaising with local and national authorities, filling gaps in the overall response.
World Vision also provided eggs, sugar, cooking oil and other supplies to a temporary shelter managed by local authorities in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, the worst affected province in Thailand. Another 1,500 survival kits will be sent to villages that have not yet been reached by government agencies in this province.
Chitra Thumborisuth, World Vision Thailand’s National Director said that World Vision will aim to assist 20,000 families through a 45-day relief response. “The immediate emergency relief needs will be followed up in the next few weeks by supporting families to get their lives back together again,” said Ms Thumborisuth.
“We will do comprehensive assessments to provide clean-up kits to the worst affected families as well as school supplies to the thousands of affected children. This will be followed by livelihood replacement kits to those families who have lost their only means of income.”
Heavy monsoonal rains that started on 23 March 2011 have caused the worst floods in decades in the south of Thailand.
“The flood and resulting devastation is far worse than the flash floods that hit the same region last November,” said Ms Thumborisuth. “Thousands of families left destitute by the last floods had only just started to pick up the pieces of their lives. So we are deeply concerned about the potential physical and emotional impact of this latest flooding.”
Whilst the Thai Government is usually well-equipped to respond to emergencies with aid agencies in a supporting role, this rather unseasonal flood disaster has led to government appeals for additional resources and food supplies.
Children sponsored by Australians
There are no children sponsored by Australians living in the flood affected areas.
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