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'Flood fighter' mobile game teaches Asian kids survival tips

Published on May 13, 2014 12:54 PM
A Thai child plays a new mobile game called Flood Fighter at a school in the province of Ayutthaya on March 13, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

AYUTTHAYA, Thailand (AFP) - Dodging electrocution, drowning and even crocodiles, the Thai virtual hero of a new mobile game called "Flood Fighter" aims to educate children across Asia about the perils posed by Mother Nature.

More than 800 people, including dozens of children, were among the victims of devastating floods that hit Thailand in 2011, affecting 65 of 77 provinces.

In an effort to prevent further deaths, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) hatched the idea of a free education mobile game app to spread the word.

"In Thailand, everybody has a mobile phone, so why not convey our message through an application?" said Mr Ichiro Miyazawa, who oversaw development of "Sai Fah: The Flood Fighter".

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