CWS situation report: Thailand flooding

As noted in the Oct. 11 situation report, Cambodia is experiencing the worst flooding in more than a decade due to typhoons and greater-than-average rainfall. Floods are also seriously affecting neighboring Thailand.

Situation:

As noted in the Oct. 11 situation report, Cambodia is experiencing the worst flooding in more than a decade due to typhoons and greater-than-average rainfall. Floods are also seriously affecting neighboring Thailand.

So far 315 people have died from floods and monsoon-related accidents in Thailand; in all more than 8.6 million persons living in 61 provinces are affected, CNN reports. CWS staff in Thailand reports that more than 700,000 homes have been destroyed. The floods might cause losses of up to US $1 billion.

Efforts now focus on trying to protect the capital of Bangkok from rising flood waters, with millions of sandbags being placed in and around the city.

CWS response:

CWS is responding as a member of the ACT Alliance – specifically ACT forum members in Thailand which include CWS, Diakonia, Dan Church Aid, Norwegian Church Aid and the Church of Christ in Thailand, known as CCT.

CWS-supported members of CCT’s team are conducting assessments, and food distribution is already beginning in Bangkok, as are the distribution of food and non-food items in Ayutthaya and Chai Nat Provinces for more than 1,200 households.

HOW TO HELP: Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be made online, sent to your denomination, or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515.

ACT Alliance  Church World Service is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of churches and agencies engaged in development, humanitarian assistance and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Lesley Crosson, 212-870-2676, lcrosson@churchworldservice.org
Jan Dragin, 781-925-1526, jdragin@gis.net


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