October is usually considered the end of the rainy season in Thailand; however, the rainy October of 2020 did not only bring heavy rain but also several storms. As a result, many provinces in the Northeast were hit with flash floods which lasted for weeks. Tropical Storm Linfa, in particular, brought torrential storms that led to the heaviest flood of the decade in Pak Chong District of Nakhon Ratchasima. Once we heard of the unfortunate event, Singha R-SA immediately packed our bags and headed to the affected areas.

 

On 12 October, Singha R-SA, along with Phutthatham 31 Foundation (Hook 31) and Chef Chumpol Chaengprai, traveled to Tum and Takhop subdistrict in Pak Thongchai district of Nakhon Ratchasima to hand out rice, drinking water, and ready-to-eat meals to the flood victims. Later on 20 October, Singha R-SA went back to Mueang Pak subdistrict of Pak Thongchai district, Nakhon Ratchasima, one more time to provide more aid from a dam break caused widespread flooding and submerged a number of houses.

During the rainy season, we could never predict when and where flash floods would occur. Thus, it is very important to monitor the news closely and remain vigilant. Nonetheless, no matter where a disaster strikes or where an unfortunate event occurs, Singha R-SA volunteers are always ready to head there and bring the smile back to everyone’s face.