In today's episode Evan joins the Mormon charity "Helping Hands" while they distribute survival goods to people affected by the flood in Bangkok's Don Mueang district.
The devastation is shocking. While the 2011 flooding displaced thousands of people, many still remained in their flooded homes and neighborhoods, in sewage-contaminated water up to their necks.
The aid group depicted in the video is comprised mostly of people from the neighborhood or surrounding areas.
The water drained from Don Mueang very slowly due to government-built sandbag walls that actually held the water IN the neighborhood. The purpose of these barriers was to protect other parts of the city and to limit commercial losses. Around the same time this video was recorded, Don Mueang's residents attempted to sabotage the barriers. Read a news story from the Bangkok post here: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/266079/don-muang-bags-protest-grows
(Some viewers may question the usefulness of the aid kits provided to the residents. I couldn't make a judgment about that, but I sometimes share those concerns about survival/food/hygiene kits distributed by the LDS church and other groups. While toilet paper seems of limited utility when people are spending all their time in sewage-contaminated water, I think the kits are designed with a shotgun approach in mind. They'll satisfy a variety of needs for a short period of time. And the rest can be discarded or used later. In this case, I would argue that the biggest challenge was not what aid to give, but how to disseminate to the population.)