A team of volunteer rescue workers from the Sawang Boriboon Pattaya Foundation went to Lop Buri located in Central Thailand this week and have been providing significant aid and support to victims of widespread flooding in the province.
The flooding has taken place after heavy storms, persistent rains, and other inclement weather wreaked havoc across much of Thailand as a result of Tropical Storm Dianmu over the past week. You can read more about this storm and the conditions across the country this week by clicking right here.
A video of the teams visiting Lop Buri can be seen right below:
The president of the Sawang Boriboon Pattaya Foundation, Mr. Prasit Tongtitjaroen, told the Pattaya News reporters yesterday upon the return of the teams, “About 40 rescue workers with multiple four-wheeler off-road pickup trucks and six boats and jet-skis went to the Kok Samrong and Chai Badan districts in Lop Buri to help local residents who needed support due to heavy flooding.”
“We also were heavily focused on our rescue worker’s safety first in Lopburi as the area has seen strong currents with high levels of floodwaters,” Prasit added.
“We recently gave away 300 meals and water to local residents who still live at their homes and have refused to be evacuated, despite waist-high waters. Many of them are afraid of potential looting and theft which is why they won’t accept offers to be taken to temporary shelters in the area. We have, of course, also helped to move flood victims who accepted the offer of going to a shelter until floodwaters recede, mostly elderly, vulnerable, and those who are disabled or even bedridden.” Prasit noted.
“Our rescue teams provided aid to those in need for three days and nights in total without basically taking any breaks for ourselves before we went back to Pattaya when the floodwaters began to recede,” Prasit stated.
“We all live in the same country. Everyone is our friend, regardless if they live in Pattaya, where we are based, or not. We do not leave them behind.” Prasit concluded.
TPN media notes that Sawang Boriboon, which is located in Naklua, is one of the main volunteer rescue services for Pattaya and consistently assists those in need throughout the area.