QI Staff Use Innovative Method to Aid Thai Flood Victims

QI Staff Use Innovative Method to Aid Thai Flood Victims

Thailand, 4 November 2011 – Months have passed since the worst flood to hit Thailand swept over the central part of the country, causing more than 500 fatalities and overwhelming thousands of homes. Currently, half of the capital is recovering from having been underwater for so long. Commuting is a challenge, with the closing of more than 30 roads in the city and the surrounding areas. In many places, the water has become polluted and the stench makes the situation even more unbearable.

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QI staff are happy to get their hands dirty to help out.

In support of QI’s corporate social responsibility campaign, “We Care”, a group of employees from the Thailand office participated in efforts at the Amarin Plaza shopping centre to help the flood victims. Volunteers made “effective micro-organism” (EM) balls, comprising mud mixed with micro-organisms that have regenerative qualities, to help slow the decomposition of waste in the water. Using this pretty cool technology, the EM balls will reduce harmful bacteria that cause the bad smell.

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General Manager Thitikorn Chintavalakorn pitching in with a smile.

This is not the first time that EM balls have come to the rescue – the mud mix played a role in remediation projects following the Kobe earthquake in 1995, the South East Asian tsunami in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Moreover, the EM balls have been used to support sustainable practices in farming, disaster clean-up and waste management. Some of the QI employees affected by the flood also took home some EM balls to treat the water surrounding their houses.