Floods affect thousands in northern and central Thailand

By November 10, 2008

Thailand (MNN) — Recent rains
have caused flooding in the high mountain region of central Thailand, where
villagers make their living as rice farmers. 
Thailand's southwestern monsoon season typically runs from May through
October. Two years ago, 46 of 76
provinces experienced flooding that claimed 40 lives but displaced thousands.

This time around, dozens of
villages in the region have been affected by flooding after more than a week of
heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks. A primary damage assessment shows
that paddy fields in Tambon Phrathat Phadaeng have been flooded.

The region’s governor issued a
warning to residents in low-lying areas, foothills, and along riverbanks to
prepare themselves for the flood and to be on the alert to it as more rain is
expected. The governor also instructed
relevant units to expedite aid for the flood-affected.

One of the child
development centers assisted by Compassion International is located in the flooded region. Although the flood
destroyed some rice fields, no Compassion-assisted children or families were
injured nor homes damaged.

Praise God for His protection of
the children during the flooding. Please
pray that the Lord will provide for families who lost their harvest in the flood.

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