Relief for flood victims in southern Thailand

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To date (11 April 2011) teams from the Thai Red Cross Society have carried out a nearly month long relief mission in the 6 provinces in south Thailand severely affected by flash floods since 24 March.

Immediately after the floods began, Red Cross relief teams have tried to bring relief help to as many families as possible affected by the flooding by distribution of necessities for daily life including dry food, medicines, drinking water, etc. As of 11 April 2011, 29,238 relief kits containing dry food, first aid kits, candles, plastic bags and household medicines together with 6,500 blankets and 306,768 bottles of drinking water have been distributed to flood victims in 27 districts of the 6 provinces hit by severe flooding, namely Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani, Chumporn, Patthalung, Krabi and Trang. Nine flat bottom boats continue to provide services for affected people living in affected areas in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Surat Thani, where the level of water is still high. Moreover, a water purification unit has been set up in Surat Thani province to produce safe and clean water for affected people. At the same time more than 46,327 cooked meals have also been handed out by Thai Red Cross mobile kitchens. The total amount spent to date is 26,199,839.88 Baht.