07.11.2011: To date, the Thai Red Cross have distributed more than 210,000 relief kits, more than 2.3 million bottles of water, 35,900 ready meals and about 20,000 medical kits.
The IFRC is the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network.
There are again concerns that flooding will reach Central Bangkok. Authorities have issued evacuation orders for 14 of the city’s 50 districts. The situation across much of the country remains serious, although there have been some improvements in the north and centre of the country. According to the government, more than 500 people have died in the floods. The government has announced a USD 26 million reconstruction plan to support affected communities to recover from this disaster, and to rebuild infrastructure that has been washed away.
The Thai Red Cross continues its huge response. To date, Red Cross volunteers and staff have been active in 42 provinces. They have distributed more than 210,000 relief kits, more than 2.3 million bottles of water and 35,900 ready meals. 14 relief teams have been using flat-bottom boats to reach some of the most affected and most isolated communities. About 20,000 medical kits have been distributed. In Bangkok, teams are working around the clock at the Red Cross national headquarters. There, one mobile kitchen and 2 water purification teams are producing and distributing cooked foods more than 4,000 meals a day, and producing 6,000 litres of clean water every hour for beneficiaries in Bangkok or on the outskirts of the city. Teams that were active in the north and centre of the country have now travelled south to take part in the relief effort.