Heavy rains that started 21 May caused severe flash floods and landslides in five northern provinces in Thailand, including Nan, Phrae, Lamphang, Uttaradit, and Sukhothai. Although the situation has improved in four of the provinces, agricultural lands in more than 100 villages near the Yom River in Sukhothai remain under water. In total, more than 340,000 people have been affected by the flooding and landslides, with nearly 700 houses completely destroyed and more than 1000 roads and bridges damaged.
Initial Government surveys estimated damages of more than $8 million, which does not include damage to the affected population's properties and personal belongings. The Government has allocated some $63 million to the Flood Relief Fund for the five affected provinces.
In addition to its cash grant, the UNDP will work with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security to facilitate construction of permanent housing for those affected by the flooding.
The OCHA grants are $25,000 from the Office's reserve fund and $26,000 from funds pre-positioned by Norway.
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