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Over 100,000 families have been affected by severe flooding in Northern Thailand's Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Phanom, Nan, Phayao and Tak provinces which commenced in the middle of August. Some 2,100 homes and thousands of hectares of crop land were destroyed due to the overwhelming force of runoffs from the Ping River. Torrential rains which earlier in August hammered Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Sorn inundated more than 4 500 villagers' homes in these three provinces alone leaving 11 people dead and making several roads impassable to small vehicles. At present, the meteorological department has warned seven provinces in the north and northeast of the possibility of flash floods. Flood-prone areas in Nakhon Phanom, Nong Khai, Mukdahan, Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Rai, Phayao, and Nan provinces are currently being viewed as the areas facing the highest risk for the time being, and the governor has issued an urgent order for local officials at the district, sub-dstrict and the municipal levels to be on alert.
Red Cross and Red Crescent action
From the onset of the floods the Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) has played a key role in providing assistance in the affected areas. Over the period 13-17 August, the Society's health centre no. 3 in Chiang Mai and no. 13 in Tak along with the respective TRCS provincial chapters distributed 5,900 emergency relief family parcels and household medicine kits to six districts in Chiang Mai province. The parcels and the medical kits contain basic food and hygiene items intended to meet the immediate needs of beneficiaries who have been displaced by the floods.
On 18 August, the Society sent a flat boat to Tak to accommodate some of the anticipated needs arising from further flooding. At the end of August, the Thai Red Cross cooperated with the Foundation of Princess Pa and the radio network to distribute 1,050 family packages in Chiang Mai. A representative from the National Society's youth bureau attended the distribution of the items in the villages of Ma Taeng, Sa Rumpee, and Muang.
Additionally, the TRCS relief department in the headquarters and the TRCS Nakhon Phanom provincial chapter distributed 1,000 emergency relief family parcels and 1,000 household medicine kits to affected families in the Tha Au Tain and Sri Song Kram districts of Nakhon Phanom province and are continuing to monitor the situation closely.
For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:
Thai Red Cross Society: Wantanee Kongsomboon, Deputy Director,Relief and CommunityHealth Bureau; Phone + 662 256 4037, fax+662 255 3064
Federation Bangkok : Bekele Geleta, Regional Head of Delegation; Phone +662 661 6933, Fax: 662 661 6937; email: email@example.com
Southeast Asia Desk, Charles Evans, Regional Officer, Geneva; Phone:+ 41 22 730 4320; Fax:+ 41 22 733 0395; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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