The level of floodwaters in southern Thailand has begun to recede, but only in some places. In low-lying areas such as the sub-districts around Songkhla Lake, the water level remains high ranging from 0.80 to 1.20 metres. This is because the area receives flood water from both Nakhon Si Thammarat and Phatthalung provinces, as well as run-off water from the rainfall that has continued for almost 20 days since the New Year. High tide also contributes to the flooding, which is disrupting people’s lives and making emergency relief an important task.
Unicity Marketing (Thailand) Co., Ltd is providing basic provisions to those who are affected by the floods through its ‘Make Life Better’ campaign. World Vision Foundation of Thailand (WVFT) acts as a bridge in delivering their generosity to the villagers, but most important of all, Unicity is Triple Matching its assistance effort to the survivors.
It has provided emergency reliefs by making a donation, which was converted into 5,860 relief bags.
Unicity visited the flooded sites to give encouragement and distribute relief bags to the villagers on 16 January, 2017. Mr Clayton Barton, Unicity’s Regional Sales and Marketing Director in Indochina led his volunteer staff together with Mrs Chitra Thumborisuth, WVFT’s National Director and field staff to deliver relief bags to Khlongri, Khu Khut and Tha Hin sub-districts of Sathing Phra district, Songkhla province. A total of 3,800 relief bags reached the hands of every household in the area. Arrangements were made for villagers to come and receive the bags at the flood coordination centres and community centres in temples. Relief bags were also delivered through boats to houses where the water level was still high.
The joy of sharing gave all staff endless energy. On the same day, the group travelled to host fun activities which brought smiles to the children who could not go to school due to the floods. This involved story-telling session by Mr Clayton and drawing and colouring time at the Child Friendly Space in Pradu Hom Temple, Khlongri sub-district, Sathing Phra district, which WVFT set up to help the children heal from the emotional trauma.
On 17 January 2017, WVFT project staff widened their scope of help by distributing 2,060 relief bags to the immersed areas in Krasae Sin and Choengsae sub-districts in Krasae Sin district, Songkhla province.
WVFT would like to thank Unicity and every donor for giving your help to the affected people. Nothing can express their gratitude better than their wide smiles as they are touched by your kindness and encouragement. A big thank you also goes the 4th Army Area for providing vehicles and troops to deliver relief bags to every area.