After nearly a year of trying, we have managed to get access to our most remote village Ta Yai in Bang Saphan. The village is a widely scattered group of houses with its majority of houses and population on the Burmese side of the border.
It was a very demanding and challenging trek through rivers (six crossings through waist-high water with strong current), mountains and jungle. We were able to take 7 volunteers including our Doctor who was able to offer medical care to people who have no access to health care and regular supply of medicines.
BANGKOK, 30 October 2014 (NNT) – The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) is conducting a campaign to assist people in provinces susceptible to extreme cold weather by supplying them with blankets.
After many months we have finally managed to get access to our most remote village – Bang Saphan. The village is extremely difficult to get to due to it being displaced and for over 6 months it has been a constant battle to try and have access.
Our amazing volunteers split in to 2 teams again this month to visit 2 of our villages. They met early travelling for up to 4 hours in 4×4’s to reach their destinations loaded with donated clothes.
NAN, 15 July 2014 (NNT) - Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn and Princess Srirasm have designated a royal representative to distribute bags of necessities to people who are suffering from flash floods and mudslide in Bo Klua district, Nan province.
Captain Paiboon Sukjetani of the Bureau of the Royal Household, brought royal bags of necessities to the hands of victims of the disaster at Ban Bo Yuak School in Tambon Bo Klua Nua.
LAMPANG, 17 April 2014 (NNT) - Lampang province has declared two additional districts as storm disaster zones after facing thunderstorms, gusty winds, and hailstorms.
BUENG KAN, 7 April 2014 (NNT) – Bueng Kan Governor Chalotorn Pakote has visited people affected from a summer storm and handed out relief packages after the storm severely damaged houses and private property there.
Apart from houses and property, the storm also caused major destruction to rubber plantations on April 3rd 2014, affecting 74 households. Following that, the provincial authorities and Red Cross officials quickly provided assistance and a supply of 400 steel sheets and 74 relief bags.
BANGKOK, 4 April 2014 (NNT) - The Disaster Prevention and Meditation Department (DPM) has reported 9 provinces hit by summer storms. Officials have been dispatched to evaluate damage in the areas as well as give assistance to victims in need.
Sakon Nakon, 25 March 2014(NNT)-Mrs Ornanong Techamaneesathit, President of Sakon Nakhon Red Cross Association, has sent Red Cross staff to join Mr Samrit Putsri, Mueng District Sheriff, and Mr. Vichan Tanhin from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, to take aid and emergency survival bags to villagers affected by severe summer thunderstorms, in Sakon Nakhon.
LOEI, 17 March 2014 (NNT) - As a result of a sudden change in the weather on Sunday [16th March], there were thunderstorms and hailstorms in four villages of Santom subdistrict, and two villages of Tha-Sals sub district, Phu Ruea District, Loei Province. Over 400 houses are reported wrecked, while over 100 rai of crops were damaged.
Each month we have a challenge of ensuring we can get our core team to access our most remote village where there are KNU soldiers. This month was no different and we were relocated to a safe house near the village where many of the children are now living as their previous location was too unstable. They are staying very close to the border and it took us around 4 hours to arrive safely after several wrong turns!!!
Eleven homes were set ablaze in a fire at Umphein refugee camp on the Thai border on Monday. Residents were forced to dismantle a further 50 homes to prevent the fire spreading, according to the camp’s security coordinator, who said the fire had been sparked by a child playing with matches.
A temporary shelter was erected to house the 60 people affected by the complete destruction of nine homes and damage to a further two. No residents were injured.
DanChurchAid has supported victims of land mines in Cambodia and Myanmar for years, and it is therefore only natural also to support victims of landmines in Thailand, that is also contaminated with the forbidden weapons
Thailand has often been affected by its neighbour’s conflicts and land mines by the thousand lie spread on both sides of the borders to three of the neighbouring countries. DanChurchAid is now starting to provide help to Thai victims of the dreadful weapons.
Medical Update 25 January 2014
Our amazing day started early at 6am before the sun was up when our team of volunteers met for the 3 hour drive to Palu U Noi village. Everyone commented on how cool it was and we were glad to have packed extra jumpers.
The coordinated response to the December 27 in Mae La and December 28 in Ban Mai Nai Soi (Site 1) refugee camps has been ongoing and site clearance and/or reconstruction is underway in both camps.
It is anticipated that a majority, if not all, of the reconstruction will be completed by the end of January.
BANGKOK, 8 Jan 2014 (NNT) – 1,000 blankets will be distributed to residents in Phitsanulok Province which has been heavily affected by the recent cold snap.
According to the deputy provincial governor, 300 of the blankets will be given to people in Phrom Phiram District, 200 to Nakhon Thai District, and the rest will be given to residents in other districts that have been hit by cold spells.
NARATHIWAT, 12 January 2014 (NNT) - The Governor of Narathiwat Province, Mr. Natthapong Sirichana, the Deputy Governor of Narathiwat Province, Mr. Sitthichai Sakda, and relevant officials visited flood-stricken areas in Waeng and Su-ngai Kolok districts after continual heavy rain occurred throughout the past week.
Camp Fires and Emergency Response
December 27 Fire in Mae La camp
On Friday December 27, a fire broke out in section C3A of Mae La camp at about 1:30pm. With weather conditions cold but dry, the fire quickly spread and engulfed a school, an adjoining boarding school, and over 100 households.
Update on Sitrep from 27 December 2013
In the immediate response to the fire on Friday, 27 December, Ministry of Interior (MOI) local officials, the Royal Thai Army and Thai fire trucks responded quickly to control the fire and bring it under control around 16:00. An emergency response coordination meeting was held in the Mae La Camp Commander’s office with MOI (Province of Tak Deputy Governor, Chief of District Office Tha Song Yang), Royal Thai Army, UNHCR, Karen Refugee Committee representatives (KRC), Camp Committee Management personnel (CMP) and NGOs at around 16:30.