20 September 2019: UNICEF staff has been deployed to Ubon Ratchathani province, to meet with families and communities, in addition to local government officials and NGOs which are delivering emergency assistance, to assess the needs of children and families in the northeastern provinces of Thailand, which has been largely affected by the impact of the flooding.
Local authorities and NGOs are doing what they can to provide the necessary relief but the needs are great. In this photo, UNICEF’s Programme Officer is speaking to families to collect information on and assess how the flooding is affecting children’s needs in the areas of health, sanitation, and education, among other areas.
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.
UNICEF Thailand will support those children most affected with a cash grant. This grant will enable their families to meet the urgent nutrition, health and hygiene needs of children as well as secure essential school supplies so they may return to learning. In addition, UNICEF will identify evacuation sites in need of child-friendly spaces to monitor and respond to potential cases in need of child protection.