Flooding in Thailand predicted to continue for two months
Oct 20, 2011
Flooding in Thailand has left more than 2.4 million people with nothing, IRIN reports. Many of them had little to begin with.
Since flooding began in early August, many residents have been unable to work as 28 provinces are severely damaged. Buildings, streets and homes have been destroyed, leaving people out on the streets in makeshift shelters and unable to provide for their families without work. Once the water disappears, the damage will still plague the nation for months and even years to come, experts say.
"When the water stops, there's going to be a lot of work to do helping people rebuild their lives and their livelihoods," Yuxue Xue, acting country resident representative for the UN Development Programme, told the publication. "The floods in Thailand will [affect] the lives of everyone and will be felt for years to come."
According to the news outlet, the Thai government is working with humanitarian groups to provide food security and shelter for its people. Thus far, more than $80 million has been spent in emergency budget funds, and it's predicted that another $65 million will be needed as heavy rains are predicted for the next two months.