Thailand Flood Response

Project Thailand Flood Response
Objectives

• To conduct a rapid needs assessment to identify the needs and gaps of the affected communities • Conduct an immediate response once gaps have been identified and approval from HQ granted

Project Partners YMCA, REEDE, FOPDEV, Provincial Red Cross of Chainat
Activities

Distribution of mosquito nets and blankets

Locations Bangkok (assessment), Chainat and Singburi
Period 30 October – 12 November 2011
Accomplishments

Distributed 2,000 sets of mosquito nets and blankets in the provinces of Chainat and Singburi

Background
Last year, Thailand experienced its worst flood in
recent years. Severe flooding occurred during the 2011
monsoon season beginning at the end of July, triggered
by the Tropical Storm Nock-ten. Flooding soon spread
through the provinces of Northern, North-eastern and
Central Thailand. In October, floodwaters reached the
Chao Phraya and inundated parts of the capital city of
Bangkok. Flooding persisted in some areas until midJanuary
2012. Sixty-five of Thailand’s 77 provinces were
declared flood disaster zones and over 20,000 square
kilometres of farmland was damaged.
On 30 October 2011, MERCY Malaysia deployed a twomember
assessment team to assess the situation and to
organise an immediate response if required. The team
conducted assessments in the flood affected areas of
Bangkok, Chainat and Singburi. The main gaps identified
by the team were the lack of mosquito nets and blankets
for the flood victims. These were important items as the
cold season was beginning to set in and the risk of vectorborne
disease drastically increases once the flood water
stagnates.

MERCY Malaysia efforts
MERCY Malaysia distributed 2,000 sets of blankets
and mosquito nets at the province of Chainat and
Singburi. This was done with the help of Rural Elderly
Entrepreneurship Development Association (REEDA), The
Provincial Red Cross of Chainat and Foundation for Older
Persons Decvelopmnet (FOPDEV).