World Vision is providing aid to families in Thailand devastated by floodwaters.
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.
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 is prioritizing aid distribution to the most vulnerable and severely impacted populations. Some items being distributed include:
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.
Pray for children and families affected by the floods. Pray for safety and protection from illness.
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