Advisory: Heavy Rains in Thailand

Advisory: Heavy Rains in Thailand

  |   Posted: October 21, 2010

People are not able to travel by foot and now have to rely on boats due to the high water level.

UPDATE: Oct. 21, 2010 - As previously reported, heavy rains caused flooding around Compassion-assisted center TH-607.

The overall situation around the area where TH-607 is located is improving. The water continues to recede, from a little over two feet to one foot, even though rain continues to fall.

The school is still closed for mid-term break.

The child development center is running activities as normal on Saturdays. The children that attend this center are healthy.

The three families who had to move due to the flooding continue to stay in a shelter on the road.

Please pray for affected children and their families. Ask God to give guidance and hope during the rebuilding of homes.

Compassion Thailand will keep us updated as more information is available.

Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.

UPDATE: Oct 8, 2010 - The flooding situation around Compassion-assisted child development center TH-607 has improved. The water level decreased from 4 feet to a little over 2 feet.

The school is currently closed for a mid-term break, so the children are staying at home. Families are still using boats for transportation.

UPDATE:Sept. 29, 2010 - No rain has fallen in the past week, although the water level continues to be very high (at least 4 ft).

There are up to 10 Compassion-assisted children and their families who cannot use their toilet or bathroom because it has been submerged.

Many families continue to use a boat as transportation from their home to the main road.

Staff from the Compassion-assisted child development center (TH-607) has instructed children not to play in the floodwaters and are teaching them about skin disease and how to prevent it during this rainy season.

UPDATE: Sept. 22, 2010 - The situation in the area of TH-607 remains tenuous as the rain continues and the water level rises.

The Compassion staff in Thailand are monitoring the situation and continue to provide water and food to those families affected.

Due to the flooding situation:

  • At least 10 families are using a boat as transportation from their home to the main road (which is above the water level).
  • Some families with two-story homes have moved to the upper level due to the rising water level.

The Compassion-assisted child development center and local schools continue to run activities as normal.

UPDATE: Sept. 17, 2010 - Continuous heavy rains have now caused flooding around child development center TH-607.

More than 40 Compassion-assisted children from this center have been affected by the flooding. The child center was not damaged. Currently, the center is providing water and food to those affected.

Due to the flooding:

  • Families were not able to travel by foot, so they were traveling by boat.
  • Some children developed skin conditions (such as athlete's foot) from the water.
  • Some families are staying in shelters provided by the government.

The families staying in shelters provided by the government are given water and food, but there are no toilets and families are bathing in the river.

The rain is continuing and the waters continue to rise.

Sept. 7, 2010 - Recently, heavy rains caused flooding around Compassion-assisted child development center TH-918.

Approximately 23 children from TH-918 have been affected by the flooding. The child development center has no damage.

One child and her family lost their house and she is now staying with the center staff until her family can rebuild the home.

The child development center is providing equipment and material for rebuilding as well as food, clothing and other basic needs.

All the affected children received help from both the center and the government.

Currently, the flood level is decreasing and the overall situation is back to normal. The child development center and the project facilitator remain on alert.