The UK’s leading supermarket group Tesco has provided financial aid totalling more than 20 million baht to help the thousands of people caught up in the Thai floods, it was announced this afternoon.
More than 350 people have died and many businesses and homes have been damaged as monsoon conditions throughout the last few months in Thailand have led to flooding in many parts of the south-east Asian country.
Tesco operates over 750 stores and employs 38,000 people across Thailand, under the Tesco Lotus banner, but reports suggest around 30 of its outlets have been forced to close due to the conditions.
In a statement released today, the grocer said: “We’re working hard to help the thousands of people affected by the severe floods in Thailand.
“We’ve donated emergency supplies to 2,000 people in affected areas and provided over 20 million baht of financial aid including 3,000 relief packs as well as food, temporary accommodation and transportation.”
As news filtered through today that Bangkok’s Don Muang airport in the north of the capital has been closed and the death toll continues to rise, Tesco announced it is doing what it can to ensure supplies are available to those who require them most.
“Tesco Lotus is setting up hubs to improve availability for our customers and our buying teams are working with suppliers to ensure we are doing everything we can to get essential items to where people need them most,” it said.
“Importantly, the overwhelming number of our stores in Thailand remain open and serving customers.”