· On November 1, the U.S. Embassy in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, announced the contribution of nearly $1.5 million in new USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) funding for flood-relief programs in agriculture, livelihoods, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) through Save the Children/U.S. (SC/US) and World Vision. The new interventions supplement the $50,000 provided by USAID/OFDA to SC/US in October to deliver emergency relief supplies to flood-affected families in Cambodia.
· On October 30, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie A. Kenney announced an additional $500,000 in USAID/OFDA assistance to Thailand, bringing total U.S. Government (USG) assistance for the floods in Thailand to more than $1.1 million. That total includes funding for boats, water purifiers, motors, generators, and other relief supplies procured through the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and delivered by USAID/OFDA on October 30 to support ongoing Government of Thailand (GoT) response efforts. Additional supplies are expected to arrive in the coming days.
· High tides that resulted in low-level flooding along the Chao Phraya River and other canals in Bangkok, Thailand, concluded on November 1. The GoT Flood Relief Operations Center (FROC) reported that the overall situation in the Bangkok Metropolitan Area had improved as of November 1, noting that water run-off from the north has steadily declined, and that the city’s flood defenses are operating effectively.
· GoT officials continue to provide differing scenarios for the risk of additional floods during the coming days, with run-off still impacting western and eastern districts of Bangkok. As a result, a 10-member USAID/OFDA team in Bangkok continues to closely monitor conditions in Thailand in coordination with the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Survey Team (HAST) and other USG agencies.