Helping landslide victims in Nan Province
At 06.10 on 28 July 2018, there was a landslide at a village of Lua hilltribe people. The village is Huay Kam, Moo 7, Tambon Bo Kluea Neua, Bo Kleua District, Nan Province. Four houses were impacted, including House # 21 (1 inhabitant); House # 29 (3 inhabitants); House #30 (1 inhabitant); and House #67 (3 inhabitants). A total of 8 persons died from the landslide (2 children and 6 adults). One of the child fatalities was a girl who was a participant in the WE-NAN Project of Raks Thai. Raks Thai was informed through the LINE application (all Raks Thai staff and the Lancome Project). The project also provided mosquito repellant, distributed through teachers in the non-formal education program. From 31 July to 1 August, Raks Thai staff delivered relief kits for 65 households and conducted a needs assessment. Raks Thai has been helping to promote alternative occupations for victims of disaster who receive temporary shelter at a relief center. Raks Thai also arranges productive activities for the victims to engage in to reduce stress. That can also create a smile and add hope to the group of sufferers.
The Raks Thai Foundation aims to support disaster preparedness and rehabilitation after disaster by providing immediate assistance using a form of strengthening and empowerment for victims. Raks Thai assistance begins in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster by implementing community development inputs to help the affected households regain their strength. Raks Thai makes disaster planning a participatory and interesting activity. Donations can be made through the QR code in the first images to help victims. The funds are used to make communities strong, stable, and resilient.
To assist in the rehabilitation of mental health and occupational conditions for normal living, and to provide essential supplies for the victims’ shelter center. Raks Thai also arranges activities for the victims to spend their time in the center productively, such as sewing cloth bags that can be sold in the market to earn income until they can re-start their lives.
Raks Thai also prepares community development plans with the following objectives:
1. To reduce the risk of natural disasters in the future
2. To empower community capabilities in dealing with potential natural disasters
3. To reduce risks and improve coping with disasters.
With community participation, Raks Thai produces a disaster plan with the following attributes:
1. The community understands the difference of “disasters,” “man-made disaster,” and “natural disasters.”
2. The villagers review disaster events occurring in their communities.
3. The participants review disaster and disaster-risk areas as well as secure areas in the community.
4. Participants select a potential high-risk disaster in the target community.
5. The community chooses and assesses the potential of community opportunities and barriers to disaster management.
6. The participants analyze the public and private agencies and academic institutions involved, and invites representatives to participate in community disaster management.
7. The end-product is a community disaster management plan using a participatory process.
Adults and children in Ban Huay Khap Village, Moo 7, Tambon Bo Kleua Neua, Bo Kleua District, Nan Province
Tambon Bo Kleua Neua, Bo Kleua District, Nan Province