UN Agencies Intensify Flood Aid Efforts in Thailand

U.N. agencies have ramped up their relief efforts in Thailand, which is grappling with its worst flooding in more than five decades.

The disaster, which has left vast parts of the country under water, has caused 370 deaths and affected more than 2.1 million in the Asian country. The Red Cross noted a humanitarian crisis outside the country’s capital, Bangkok, because many have had no access to food and other assistance, CNN reports.

Following a request by the Thai government, the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific tapped its international partners to provide local authorities with real-time satellite images of flood waters and flood wave dynamics to help them improve monitoring and response to the crisis.

UNICEF, meanwhile, has procured 20,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets for distribution in temporary shelters and other areas struck by floods, in order to protect people against dengue and mosquito-borne diseases. It will also set up child-friendly spaces to promote recreation and psychosocial support activities in 20 large temporary shelters.

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