File photo of Thai villagers wading through flood waters. Church institutions are working to help those affected by flooding in the south.

BANGKOK – Catholic Church institutions in southern Thailand are helping people affected by flash floods that have hit the region.

“Many churches and schools were affected. We have supported the affected people with food and drinking water and are now assessing the situation for further support,” said Fr Amornkit Prompakdee from Surat Thani diocese.

A Caritas Thailand official told that the organisation has “sent a team to the region to see what help is required and have called on Church institutions to help support affected people”.

Sr Jintana Rattanasakchaichan of Mariapitak school in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province said, “Our school was flooded by 1.5-m high floodwaters. We have never faced such heavy flooding like this before.”
Her school, she said, has to delay the start of classes. “We were supposed to open summer class on Monday for our 400 students. We hope we can open our school next week,” she said.

Food too is scarce in the region. As roads around the school were flooded, the nuns had only instant noodles to eat, she said.

Other Catholic schools in the region also had to delay their summer classes, said Fr Watthanasak Srivorakul, principal of Darunothai School in Trang province.

Fr Suwat Luangsa-ad of Surat Thani diocese said the Church will conduct an assessment shortly and provide support for affected schools.  – UCANEWS.COM