As flood disaster worsens in Thailand, UN steps up relief efforts

28 October 2011 –

The United Nations will provide 20,000 insecticide-treated mosquito nets in temporary shelters and other areas in flood-hit Thailand in a bid to protect people from dengue fever and other mosquito-borne diseases, as weather forecasts predict more heavy rainfall over the weekend.

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which procured the nets locally, said in a press release yesterday that it has set aside an initial $300,000 to support the Thai Government’s flood response efforts, focusing on health, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene.

Unusually heavy rainfall in Thailand has resulted in the worst flooding in more than five decades, with 370 people killed and vast swathes of the country’s 29 provinces, including the capital, Bangkok, inundated. More than 2.1 million people are estimated to be affected.

Read more in UN News Centre

Dengue-mosquito extinction in Bangkok’s suburbs.

Dengue fever

Photos copyright Antoni P. Uni

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