Blanket them With Love -Flood&Cold Relief Thailand

 
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Apr 26, 2012

Part 2, Emergency Flood Relief Operations

Part 2, Emergency Flood Relief Operations

         At the height of the Flood in Bangkok, an urgent phone call came to our office for help. Our Volunteer, Staporn was on the other end of the line, and she sounded very anxious, as she related how the floodwater had filled her home overnight, as the family was sleeping. She was very worried for her parents, both of whom had stroke and were not able to move with ease (especially her dad, who was wheelchair bound). The sales of food and water was also in shortage, and medication was scarce.

With this call for help, the Foundation for Life decided to once again round up volunteers to cook, pack and deliver food, water, medication, portable toilets etc. to this volunteer and those who live in her neighbourhood.

Again we have a video clip of the Emergency Flood Relief Operations for your viewing, as it would show you what it was like at that time. Kindly link to the following website below:

http://youtu.be/B2dgN4Tc7Dc

Your help in advocating for our work would mean that the Thai people get the help that they need. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 With gratitude,

 Vena Lung

Links:

Jan 29, 2012

Emergency Flood Relief Operations

Dear Donors and Supporters of the “Blanket Them with Love” Project,

Although many events has happened in Thailand for the Year 2011, nothing beats the memory of the Great Deluge that flooded 65 provinces, killing 815 people, destroying 13 million rais or 5 million acres of farmland, affecting the lives of 13 million lives, and devastating industrial parks that caused global supply shortages!

In the midst of such great disaster where callousness, self-centredness and despair abound, the Foundation for Life has found compassion, altruism and hope, especially in you, through the Global Giving network, Thus the Foundation could not but respond by making greater efforts to round up local donors and volunteers to aid in the immediate flood relief work. As a result, we can truly testify that goodness and love still exist in our world today.

 In all 2,000 emergency lifepacks have been given out, together with drinking water, pampers, dried foodstuff, milk powder, medication, portable toilets, etc.. As the saying goes, "A picture paints a thousand words" so we have posted a link for you to browse in the youtube:

http://youtu.be/OkyqLmagP4A

Your help in advocating for our work would mean that the Thai people get the help that they need. Please consider telling your friends and family about our project - share the link on your blogs or social networks, use the tell-a-friend feature on the project page to email your network, or just bring us up in conversation.

Thank you for taking the time to read this email.

 With gratitude,

 Vena Lung

Links:

Nov 4, 2011

Latest Updates of Floods in Thailand (3 Nov 2011)

Cars parked on Motorways to escape from the floods
Cars parked on Motorways to escape from the floods

Updates on the Situation of Thailand Floods (3 Nov, 20 11)

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand is now in a critical situation. From a previous expectation that the authorities could save the inner city, NOW, it has been made known that all 50 districts in Bangkok will be flooded.

The data that we have for today (3 Nov) is:

437 dead, 2 missing, with 63 provinces inundated, 3 million families and nearly 10 million people affected.

The huge amount of water that had been in the north of Bangkok for the last 2 weeks has moved southward, and has infiltrated the main roads and streets, causing bad traffic and eventually no traffic, as even huge army trucks are unable to pass through.

For now, the Mayor of Bangkok has warned residents in the Lardprao district to be on high alert. When the water reaches this area, many businesses would definitely be affected, especially if the flood gets high.

We went out to survey in areas where near us, including the Suvarnabhumi International Airport. Cars were parked along the motorways to escape the coming floodwaters and gigantic sandbags weighing about 2 tons, lined the road. Meanwhile eggs are scarce and sold for as high as 10 bahts each (where it used to be about 2 to 3 bahts each). Bottled water is no longer available in mini-marts, even in bigger supermarkets like the Tesco Lotus near us!

The Foundation for Life called for urgent help from volunteers via social media, to come to help cook and pack food for evacuees who were at the Chulalongkong University. Some 25 volunteers came to help. By noon the food was ready and volunteers went to deliver the food to the Evacuation Centre. Following that, the group joined hundreds of other volunteers in packing some more food, emergency life-packs, as well as in producing the portable toilet.

It was a tiring day but we all felt that it was good experience. Nut said, “ It was good to have been able to help in the packing as a group, otherwise it would have taken ages to pack the one thousand sets that we did today."

Your help in advocating for our relief work would mean that people get the help that they need. 

Many thanks.

Yummy Garlic fried chicken
Yummy Garlic fried chicken
Many hands make light work
Many hands make light work
Letting the rice cool to prevent spoilage
Letting the rice cool to prevent spoilage
Some hardwork
Some hardwork
Putting in big bags
Putting in big bags
Sandbag barriers about 2m high built by shops
Sandbag barriers about 2m high built by shops
Packing emergency life-packs
Packing emergency life-packs
More packing of food
More packing of food
Volunteer filing the portable toilet
Volunteer filing the portable toilet
Fixing toiletry package under the chair
Fixing toiletry package under the chair
Sanding the toilet hole
Sanding the toilet hole
Portable Toilet ready to Go!
Portable Toilet ready to Go!
Eggs are scarce
Eggs are scarce

Links:

Oct 26, 2011

Updates on Situation of Bangkok Floods (26 Oct 11)

Forecast by experts of the levels of flooding
Forecast by experts of the levels of flooding

Lastest Upates (26 Oct):

The capital of Bangkok has already started flooding in the northern areas and many housing estates are underwater.

Even the Evacuation Centres have been inundated with water, as the floodwaters travel down from the north, causing thousands of evacuees to be relocated AGAIN (in the last 2 days) to drier grounds. The fear is that there may be no more dry grounds available before long, for relief work to be carried out, especially in the capital city (the hub for governance, commerce and transport). Even hospitals are starting to move patients to hospitals in Hua Hin (about 150 km from Bangkok) and north-eastern regions (about 500km)

Volunteers are now victims themselves, help is reduced as transport and food supplies are hindered.

AS filthy flood waters infiltrate the canals that carry drinking water, there have been reports of yellowish tap water with smells in certain areas in Bangkok. There were also rumors of household water supply being cut, though the authorities have reassured that water supply will continue despite the floods.

Mayor of Bangkok said that City Hall can no longer strengthen the embankments stretching more than 86km along the river banks as it will take more than 10 million sandbags in a limited period to do the job!

As a result, 27-31 Oct  has been declared Public Holidays, when the tide would be highest and residents were advised in a televised announcement by the Prime Minister, to leave for upcountry provinces, so as to reduce the load in the capital.

Yesterday heavy and widespread downpours were seen over Bangkok, causing increase flooding, even hailstones and electricity cut-offs in some inner city areas.

Transportation Routes: 77 main highways , 200 rural roads are not passable and all the north-bound railway routes are still cancelled.

To date: 373 deaths

 On the grassroot level, households are franctically trying all ways to protect their homes from the floodwaters, by lifting equipment to higher levels,  getting plastic wrappings to protect their electrical appliances, sealing their doors and drainage pipes from the infiltrating floodwaters, whereas flooded victms wait for help, and uncertain if they should leave their homes or hope for  floodwaters to recede quickly.

 Your help in advocating for our relief work would mean that people get the help that they need. 

Many thanks.

Only safe high grounds are flyovers for cars
Only safe high grounds are flyovers for cars
Dusit Zoo evacuates endangered animals
Dusit Zoo evacuates endangered animals
Rubbish float in Wat Rangsit, Prathumthani
Rubbish float in Wat Rangsit, Prathumthani
Flooded Housing Estates
Flooded Housing Estates
All manner of lives affected
All manner of lives affected
Oct 20, 2011

Thailand's Worst Floods in 50 Years!

Registering volunteers and donated items
Registering volunteers and donated items
Update of Floods in Thailand - 18 October 2011
Yesterday our staff and volunteers went to help the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to pack sandbags. The Foundation also donated raffia strings, drinks and other items for the relief work.
The Mayor had called for help from the residents of Bangkok to help pack 1,200,000 sandbags to increase the height of the water barrier along the Khlong Hok Wa from 2.50 m. to 3.00 m.  It was an enormous task and the work went on round the clock.

At the moment, 27 provinces  experience flooding, with Ayuthaya, Nayok Sawan and Loburi being the worst hit. The flood waters from the north aggregate in Nakhon Sawan and flow southwards towards the lowlands and the gulf. On the way, the waters flood areas like Prathumthani, which is just north of Bangkok, and the area is increasing by the second.
 
5 industrial estates have been been submerged, some are about 3 metres underwater, with about 14,000 factories destroyed, 660,000 workers affected and an estimated loss of 1.5 billion Thai Bahts.
 
The central plains of Thailand, also known as the Rice Basin, has lost 1 million rais of farmland. Where once rice fields used to be, is now a vast, enormous lake, some as deep as 5 metres!
2.8 miliion families or 8.9 millions people are left homeless.
317 deaths to date
The government estimates a total loss of 2.3 billion bahts, which includes personal properties and farmlands destroyed.
It is difficult to estimate the exact numbers as the situation is truly 'fluid' and water barriers leak or are broken even as i write this email, and people have to flee their lives in the middle of the night.

Transportation Routes:
75 main highways, 192 rural roads are flooded and cannot be passed, and all the north-bound railway routes are cancelled.
 
This has resulted in cut-off of supplies coming to Bangkok and the flooded areas. Because of the shortage, prices are increasing, eg vegetables and sandbags have increased up to 300%! And there has been numerous thefts of flooded homes, thus victims are double victimized.
 
Your help in advocating for our relief work would mean that people get the help that they need. 
Many thanks.
Volunteers form lines to transfer sandbags
Volunteers form lines to transfer sandbags
Transfering sandbags to trucks
Transfering sandbags to trucks
Volunteers prepare part of the 1,200,000 sandbags
Volunteers prepare part of the 1,200,000 sandbags
Belongings destroyed
Belongings destroyed
Cars submerged
Cars submerged
Public transport halted
Public transport halted
Historical sites invaded by floodwaters
Historical sites invaded by floodwaters

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Vena Lung

Volunteer to the Foundation for Life
Bangkok, Thailand

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