Rethinking aid when governments don’t ask for help - humanitarian response to flood disasters in Asia
BANGKOK (AlertNet) – Unusually heavy rains unleashed devastating floods in Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam this year, disrupting the lives of some 15 million people and killing around 1,000. Damage to property and infrastructure runs to billions of dollars.
Yet none of the countries asked for international assistance, which would have resulted in a U.N.-led relief effort. Instead, the governments repeatedly said they didn’t need it.
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