Building up defences
We would like to share an update from the field regarding some of the initial support made possible with thanks to donations to this project. GVI Thailand project Manager Jax Keenan explains:
'Two weeks ago our support parcels were kindly taken on their difficult journey north by a local group of volunteers.
The supplies were initially destined for a temporary shelter north of Bangkok, where 4000 flood refugees from Ayutthaya and Pathum Thani were being housed. Just as our donations were about to be sent, a protective dyke was breached; floodwaters began to inundate the shelter and the flood victims were once again evacuated.
Some were moved to a military camp in nearby Saraburi province, others to the Rajamangla National Stadium in Bangkok. It was here that the parcels, sent with your kind donations, finally made it into the hands of those they were made for. They were gratefully received and provided comfort to people who have yet again been uprooted by the flood waters.
A small number of the evacuees from Thammasat, hearing that the waters had subsided in their villages, decided to make the journey home to begin the slow process of rebuilding their lives. Thousands of others are now doing the same and, with many roads still submerged, supplies are scarce.
With this in mind we are planning to send further provisions to Phutthamonthon; hundreds of people here are now taking on the mammoth task of clearing up after the floods, but are struggling simply to find such basics as food and clean drinking water. 500 people whose homes are still under water are being housed in the local temple. In the coming weeks, working with local organizations, we will be sending essential items to provide support both to those involved in the clean up and those still waiting to get back to their homes.'
Outside of this initial support we are working hard to establish a strategy for helping to deal with the situation as waters subside including long term plans. We will be sharing news as our strategy develops and the situation allows us to begin action this work. Many thanks to everyone who has supported this project
Getting supplies in flooded neighbourhoods
The journey home