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Disaster Risk Reduction – experiencing floods as a person with disability


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[Opening sequence – Footage of a busy intersection with traffic; a busy pedestrian walkway; a man pushing a wheelchair down a street; more busy intersections; a metropolitan train]
Banner title – 
International Day for Disaster Reduction 2013, 
Bangchuag Anusorn School, Province of Pathum Thani, Thailand

Wallop Salee - Director of Independent Living Center of Pathum Thani 

The trouble during the floods in 2011 was about accessing or leaving my house in the village. 

[Photos of floods – a house inundated with water; a tree surrounded by a mass of water beside it only a roof is visible; a warning sign in Thai script].

I live close to the canal so my house was flooded quicker than the other ones.

Food distribution wasn't accessible either: so I really couldn't stay. I had to remove my car and furniture from my house. I couldn't cope with such a situation: I was not able to find food, not able to go to the office. No one from the government came to help us. So I asked my brother to come with his SUV to take us and our belongings to the Ratchaburi Province.

[Photo sequence – a boat going through a flooded village; a flooded house; a flooded mainstreet with people evacuating their things using four-wheel drives] 

One other problem was that we don't have any boat.

In addition to that, we panicked because we didn't have any reliable information: some alerts were talking about a rise in the level of water of 3 meters, other alerts about 5 meters. Plus electricity was cut off. This is why we couldn't stay.

To be better prepared in the future if there are floods again: we have now prepared a boat. I now have a plan B, if the level of the water is really high.

My organisation cares about persons with disabilities, so we have contacted the temples nearby: Wat Aiyikaram, Wat Donyai and ensured that wheelchair users have adapted facilities because our needs are different.

It's important to have accessible facilities: such as toilets, private areas and accessible ramps for both men and women with disabilities. For example, women need privacy to change their menstruation pads.

[Photo sequence – people evacuating using a homemade raft; houses flooded only the roofs remain visible; a four-wheel drive driving through floodwaters]

In 2012 after the big floods, our organisation proposed preparedness trainings on how to accommodate accessible shelters for the next disasters, not just only wanting to help but not knowing how to.

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Wallop Salee, Director of Independent Living Center of Pathum Thani, talks about his experience as a person with disability during the 2011 floods in Thailand

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Disaster Risk Reduction – experiencing floods as a person with disability

Wallop Salee (Director of Independent Living Center of Pathum Thani ) talks about his experience during the 2011 floods in Thailand


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