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U.S. Ambassador Announces Donation to Assist Thai Flood Victims, Thai Red Cross, Bangkok

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Embassy of the United States of America

Bangkok

U.S. Ambassador Kristie A. Kenney provided USD 75,000 from the U.S. Government in disaster relief assistance to the Thai Red Cross. The assistance, made available through USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, is in response to the extensive damage and the humanitarian need caused by recent heavy rains and floods.

Unseasonably heavy rains over the past weeks have led to severe flooding in more than 10 provinces in the southern areas of Thailand. As of today, the severe flooding has caused at least 51 deaths and the evacuation of more than 41,000 people. Flooding continues to spread to other provinces as deaths and damages mount.

Given the magnitude of the emergency and continued humanitarian needs, the U.S. provided USD 75,000 (2.25 million baht). The funds will be used to support Thai Red Cross activities in the affected provinces, including the procurement and distribution of emergency relief supplies, such as relief packages, potable water, and hygiene supplies.

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