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ShelterBox is making a massive impact to families’ lives in Thailand. Over four hundred ShelterBoxes are being distributed following floods that have submerged a third of the country. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.
The UN reports that two months of heavy rain and monsoons have seen hundreds of lives lost and more than two million people affected by severe flooding. The Mekong River basin has been severely affected, where thousands of families have had to flee their homes.
With floodwaters starting to encroach on the capital, Bangkok, an additional commitment of five hundred tents is due to arrive in the area within the next few days so the team can distribute tents even more widely.