Photo by Remko Tanis
Thailand has experienced its worst flooding in 50 years as a result of heavy rains that began in April and peaked in September and October. More rain and flooding are expected.
The United Church sent a grant of $20,000 from the Emergency Response Fund in response to an appeal from the Asian Resource Foundation (ARF), based in Bangkok. The funds will be used to purchase food and other basic supplies for distribution to communities in the areas isolated by the flood waters. ARF will also purchase 10 fibreglass boats needed to distribute supplies to the flooded communities.
The United Church continues to monitor the situation closely.
Pray: Please pray for the people of Thailand who have been affected by the floods. United Church partners in countries affected by such disasters tell us they always appreciate our prayers when they are offered.
Donate: Donations in support of individuals and families are welcome and will be distributed through a United Church through ACT Alliance or another appropriate channel.
A report from the Asian Resource Foundation states that 212 districts in 28 provinces are under water and close to a million people are affected. More than 250 people have lost their lives.
Flood barriers erected in many areas have collapsed, including in Bangkok, the capital. Villages, schools, temples, prisons, hospitals, crops, and factories are all submerged and livestock have drowned. Hundreds of thousands of people are housed in makeshift shelters.
Fortunately Thailand has maintained stores of surplus food, so the food supply is not an immediate problem in major cities. But food supplies are running out in villages cut off from these cities by flood waters.
ACT Alliance has issued an Alert and an appeal is expected soon. Once the appeal is received the United Church will consider sending additional funds.
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