Last September 23, CADIS Thailand team traveled to the heavily flood-affected province of Ubon Ratchathani, northeast of Thailand. Due to the monsoon rains aggravated by succeeding typhoons hitting the northeastern provinces, hundreds of thousands were displaced.
According to the Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), approximately 158,028 households have been affected, and 19 deaths reported (of 6 September 2019). The catastrophe causing damages to infrastructure and assets, including 3,818 houses, 439 schools, and 57 health facilities damaged; 1,503,367 rai (equivalent to 240,538 hectares) of crops inundated, 1,065 prawn farms, 16,577 fish farms, and 814,816 livestock (cattle, goats, pigs, and poultry) affected.
CADIS Thailand headed by Fr. Sriprasert “Rocco” Pairat, MI conducted relief operation in Ubon Ratchathani in collaboration with the Social Action Office of the Diocese of Ubon Ratchathani. Food, ready meals, and non-food packs such as hygiene kits, cleaning tools, etc. were distributed to the families affected. They rowed through the waters searching families trapped by the flood. Several Camillian religious have joined the mission.