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.
The rainy season in Thailand is known to be from mid-May to October each year, but this year the flooding came very early in the months of March to the southern provinces including the tourist island of Kok Samui. At least 730,000 rai of agricultural lands have been submerged in water, and areas that experienced flash floods included the Nakhon Si Thammarat province, with about 1,000 people in four villages who were completely cut off from rescuers.
Since commencing the "Blanket them With Love" Project, the Foundation has been closely following the news on the Flooding situation in Thailand.
The Foundation was able to contact a small village school in Nakhon Si Thammarat that was under about 1 metre of water, and suffered massive destruction to their educational equipment. An urgent call for donation of clothings, blankets, school books, stationery, other educational materials and even some daily neccessities were made, collected and packed.
When the floods subsided and repair works started, nearly 50 boxes of love gifts were sent to the needy school.
It would seem that the country will have no respite from the tropical storms and floods, as the National Disaster Warning Centre on Friday (Sep 9) issued a warning for people in the Northeast and East to prepare for widespread scattered rain with heavy falls in some areas and the danger of floods and landslides from today to Sept 12.People living near hillsides and waterways in Nakhon Phanom, Mukdahan, Roi-Et, Yasothorn, Surin, Si Sa Ket, Amnatcharoen, Ubon Ratchathani, Nakhon Nayok, Prachinburi, Chanthaburi and Trat were warned to prepare for heavy rain, flash flooding and landslides, the centre warned.
We thank all Donors for your kind donation, and your heart of love. We in the Foundation would willingly be your hands and feet, to bring your heart (of Love) to those in need. Any suggestions and feedbacks are most welcomed. Cheerio till the next update!!
The cold season came in early and strong in the past winter in Thailand, especially in the mountainous regions of the country, just as predicted by the Thai Meteorological Department. This usually happens after extensive flooding experienced by the country.
The Foundation gathered a team of volunteers from the Girls' Brigade and the Young Men's Brigade Thailand to travel to the northern part of Thailand, in Chiangdao and Chiangmai to help distribute some of the blankets that were previously packed and sent to these destinations.
The journey to the Lahu Hilltribe in the Baan On village was filled with excitement as the pick-up truck with volunteers in it, had to manouever a stream with muddy banks, where the tires were nearly stuck. It was quite an experience for all to visit and distribute the blankets and warm clothings to the villagers there. Here they lived without access to electricity as well.
By the end of the night, the volunteers where tired, but fulfilled, having helped bring love and smiles to the people, especially the elderly and the children there.
The Foundation wishes to thank all donors and the Global Giving for your partnership in making this winter a warmer one for many here. Any suggestions and feedbacks are most welcomed
During the Pre-Christmas season, after the exhibition that the Foundation had put up in November, not much responses came in, but nearing Christmas, donations started pouring in as our local network sent out urgent messages for the need as the temperature around the country decreased .
Together with the donations collected via the Global Giving connection, a total of 140 Blankets were collected, bought, sorted, packed, and sent to those in the North and North-Eastern Thailand, namely in Chiangdao, Samerng, RoiEt and Sisaket.
The Foundation would like to take this opportunity to thank all who have donated generously towards this project, thus enabling 140 underprivileged persons including the children and the elderly keep warm with the Blankets of Love!
Any suggestions and feedbacks are most welcomed, as we continue this project for the year 2011.
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