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Bangkruai Survivors

Thailand experienced the worst flooding it had seen in more than five decades, more than 3.4 million people were affected. For weeks, many communities were isolated and relied on local authorities and organizations such as the Thai Red Cross for basic assistance.
Bangkruai, an area on the outskirts of Bangkok, was inundated for more than four weeks. In some streets, the filthy water in which garbage could be seen floating atop reached as high as 1.5 metres. Among the residents of Bangkruai were hundreds of people from Myanmar, Cambodian and Laos, who worked in local factories and on construction sites. “They often worked illegally, they weren’t on lists. They didn’t exist, so they didn’t get help.”

At a Thai Red Cross Society Distribution Centre in Bangkruai, 500 families were set to receive food, medical supplies and clean drinking water. Trapped by water, Bangkruai residents didn’t have the means to reach the supply zones. The Red Cross thus helped them get through this disaster so they could survive in a district that had literally been transformed into a
floating city.

Documenting the situation in Bangkruai district during the floods, an assignment from The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, full story here »