21 September 2019: UNICEF staff during the assessment of the flood-affected area in Ubon Ratchathani province. Due to the influence of Podul and Kajiki storms, 32 provinces had been affected and 23 provinces have been declared in the state of emergency. Currently, the flood situation still remains in 4 provinces (Ubon Ratchathani, Roi-Et, Si Sa Ket, and Yasothon). Ubon Ratchathani is the last province receiving the mass of water from Chi and Mun rivers before going down to Khong river at the border between Thailand and Lao PDR.
According to the data from the Provincial Social Development Office of Ubon Ratchathani province, approximately 19,000 children are affected by the flood in Ubon Ratchathani. Due to the prolonged flood, UNICEF has immediate concerns for the health of young children, particularly related to nutrition, hygiene and sanitation, as well as mosquito nets to protect from dengue and malaria. Ensuring all children are able to go back to school is also a key priority for the coming days.