Death toll rises in flood-hit southern Thailand
BANGKOK, April 4, 2011 – UNICEF has expressed its sympathies for people affected by the recent floods in southern Thailand, which have killed at least 45 people and left many more stranded. Victims were either swept away by the rising floodwaters or were buried in mudslides caused by the unusually heavy rain.
Airports, road and railways have been flooded and electricity has been cut to many areas. A total of 80 districts in eight provinces have been declared disaster areas. The provinces of Chumphon, Krabi, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Phatthalung, Surat Thani and Trang have been the hardest hit, with rising floodwaters hampering relief efforts.
“Our thoughts and sympathies are the people of southern Thailand at this difficult time, particularly the families of the people who were killed,” UNICEF Thailand Representative Tomoo Hozumi said.
The National Disaster Warning Centre has warned people to remain on high alert for more stormy weather and mudslides this week. People in the affected areas have been alerted to the threat of thunderstorms and strong winds, which are due to move across the regions.
According to a government source, roughly one million people have been affected in the concerned provinces due to this flood. The Public Health Ministry has sent mobile medical units and psychiatrists to help people suffering from stress in the southern provinces.
UNICEF Thailand is not currently raising money for this emergency. However, if you would like to make a donation to support the relief efforts, you can do so via the Government’s Relief Fund or the Red Cross.
Account Name: Relief Fund for Victims of Public Disasters, Prime Minister’s Office
Account Name: Thai Red Cross Society for Flood Victims