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Thai Red Cross helps displaced persons from fighting along Thai-Cambodian border

Gunfire along the Thai –
Cambodia border in Si Sa Ket’s Kantharalak district on Friday 4
February has caused thousands of villagers to flee to temporary
shelters in safe zone areas. By 7 February, around 14, 735 people have
moved to 21 temporary shelters located in local governmental offices,
schools and colleges in Kantharalak district.
To help the affected villagers, the Si Sa Ket Provincial Red
Cross Chapter and the Red Cross Health Station in Surin province have
distributed relief goods comprising dried food, blankets, clothes and
drinking water.
On 7 February a team from the Thai Red Cross Society
headquarters went to Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchatani provinces to assess
the situation and survey what the needs of the displaced villagers
were.
With the cooperation of Provincial Red Cross Chapters in Si Sa
Ket and Ubon Ratchathani as well as Red Cross Health Stations in the
two provinces, the team visited villagers in several temporary shelters
in Si Sa Ket and Ubon Ratchathani provinces and hundreds of relief bags
were distributed to villagers at the shelters. During 4 – 9 February
2011, the Thai Red Cross Society has provided relief supplies of daily
necessities to over 17,448 villagers from nearly 3,000 households who
had fled from the border zone. The updated total value of assistance is
2,580,287.77 Baht.
On 8 February, a relief mobile kitchen of the Thai Red Cross
Society was set up to prepare food for villagers in shelters in
Kantharalak district. The mobile kitchen unit can serve 4,000
meals/day. Moreover, the Thai Red Cross Society has also brought food
supplies for the Red Cross sub-district branch in Si Sa Ket to prepare
meals for villagers in other shelters.
According to the assessment, psychological support for children
in shelters is required, however, provision of toys and candies may
help in the short term.
The Thai Red Cross relief team and mobile kitchen will be based in Si Sa Ket province until the situation settles.


 
Source: Relief Web
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