Thailand floods inundate capital, leave millions vulnerable

World Vision is providing aid to families in Thailand devastated by floodwaters.

Edited by Shawna Templeton, World Vision, U.S.
Published October 31, 2011 at 12:00am PDT

In Thailand, the worst flooding in almost 60 years has killed nearly 400 people since July.  In the capital city of Bangkok, the water began to recede on Saturday, but northern districts are still flooded, as is much of the countryside. An estimated 2.45 million Thais have been affected.

Post-flood risks are numerous

The top risks and causes of death due to flooding are drowning and water-borne diseases. Millions of livestock have perished in the floods. Diseases spread by decomposing carcasses are a significant concern.

Flooded areas are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which increases the likelihood of flood victims acquiring malaria from a mosquito bite. Diseases from rodents also pose a threat.

Electrocution from submerged power sources also presents a danger. Inundated communities have been warned to watch out for poisonous snakes swimming in the murky floodwaters.

World Vision’s response

World Vision is prioritizing aid distribution to the most vulnerable and severely impacted populations.  Some items being distributed include:   

  • Emergency kits containing food items like rice, dry noodles, and canned fish
  • Fresh water and water purifiers
  • Hygiene products
  • Mosquito nets

 

We are also meeting the needs of children by setting up Child-Friendly Spaces to provide children with a safe place to play, participate in structured activities, and experience healing from the trauma and loss they’ve experienced.

We anticipate that long-term recovery response could last as long as six months.

Two ways you can help

Pray for children and families affected by the floods. Pray for safety and protection from illness.

Donate to our Disaster Response Fund.  Help us respond to disasters like this.