BANGKOK, 3 September 2014 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is offering to ship rice worth 5 million baht to West African countries hit by the Ebola outbreak.
The NCPO is extending its assistance through the World Health Organization (WHO) in a bid to provide humanitarian aid to Ebola patients.
WHO representative Dr. Yonas Tegegn has thanked the kingdom for its contributing to provide global aid for West Africa. The WHO earlier requested for assistance related to the outbreak of Ebola in the form of food supplies, medicine, and medical equipment.
Owing to the heavy seasonal rain which has affected agricultural areas in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai Province, HM Queen Sirikit, President of the Thai Red Cross Society (TRCS) assigned Mr. Phan Wannamethee, Secretary General of TRCS, to distribute 2,000 sets of Red Cross Relief kits including drinking water to flood victims in 6 districts of Ayutthaya Province. The Relief and Community Heath Bureau of TRCS has been preparing and responding to the flooding and landslides.
As the heaviest floods to hit Thailand, reportedly in the last fifty years, continues to move southwards from Chiang Mai, Nan and Nong Khai provinces, the Thai Red Cross has fully deployed all its resources to provide relief to the affected. The floods began in the upper north towards the end of June resulting from a number of typhoons and monsoons. The main mass of water has now moved into the central plains and approaches Bangkok. It still continues to rain both in Bangkok and the central plains adding to the huge amount of flood water.
After fighting broke out between ethnic minority Karen rebels and Myanmar Government's troops along Thai-Burmese border at the beginning of November, nearly 20,000 Burmese, mostly Karens, fled across the border into Thailand in Mae Sot district, Tak province, as well as to the north of the district.
The Red Cross health station in Tak Province along with the Red Cross Chapter in Tak Province dispatched relief teams to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the civilians allowed by the Thai authorities to take refuge at the border patrol police unit, Mae Sot district.
Since 15 August - 8 November 2010, the Thai Red Cross has provided assistances to flood victims in 42 provinces including Lampang, Lop Buri, Phrae, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Nayok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Chiang Rai, Chai Nat, Chon Buri, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Mai, Uttaradit, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani, Uthai Thani, Nong khai, Nonthaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Ratchaburi, Samut Sakhon, Suphan Buri, Sakaew, Saraburi, Sing Buri, Surin, Songkhla, Surat Thani, Satun, Kanchanaburi, Bangkok, Buri Ram, Prachin Buri, Pattani, Tak, Trang, Phuket, Phatthalung …
A relief team comprising 30 doctors and nurses from the Thai Red Cross Society and the Ministry of Public Health flew to Myanmar on Saturday 17th May. Eleven members of the team recruited from doctors and nurses from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital and the Relief and Community Health Bureau of the Thai Red Cross Society.
The Thai Red Cross has been providing relief items to the southern provinces of Thailand which are suffering heavy flooding. On 20 December 2005, Mr. Phan Wannamethee, Secretary General of the Thai Red Cross society and Lt. Gen. Amnat Barlee, M.D, Director of Relief and Community Health Bureau as well as members of Provincial Red Cross Chapters visited flood victims in Songkhla and Phatthalung Provinces.
Torrential rains hit Thailand's northern province of Chiang Rai Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Sorn, inundating more than 4,500 villagers' homes, 11 people died and making several roads impassable to small vehicles.
The Thai Red Cross Health Centre No.3 Chiang Mai and Red Cross Provincial Chapter have distributed 4,500 emergency relief family parcels and 3,800 household medicine kits to the affected.
A MOU between the Thai Red Cross Society and Saudi Red Crescent Society setting out principles for cooperation in rendering assistance in reconstruction and recovery for tsunami victims in the southern provinces of Thailand has been signed.
The signatory of the MOU took place at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Bangkok on 11 April 2005 by Mr. Phan Wannamethee, Secretary General of the Thai Red Cross Society and Mr. Hani Abdullah Momenah, Charge d'Affairs of the Embassy, representing the Saudi Red Crescent Society.
The Thai Red Cross has been fully mobilized to help in carrying out humanitarian relief and recovery operations since 26th December when tsunami waves caused by the earthquake with its epicenter off Sumatra hit the coast of Southern Thailand.
In the forefront of those at the disaster scene have been the officials and volunteers of the Red Cross Provincial Chapters of the six affected provinces of Phuket, Phangna, Krabi, Trang, Satun and Ranong.