Thailand flooding the worst in 50 years.

 

It’s sometimes very difficult to describe just how bad the flooding in Thailand really is, with some areas under 2 to 3 metres of water. The people are short of food and fresh water. The military have been called in to help but they have a massive job ahead of them. One can only hope that the rain stops and that the people get the help that they deserve giving them some respite from the troubles that they are facing daily.

These are the worst floods in 50 years and so far in excess of 250 people have perished in these awful conditions. I guess that figure will increase as time goes on because many areas are unreachable without the use of boats and helicopters.

My heart goes out to the poor people that are affected by this terrible flooding and again it is the poor that are the worst affected.

The above picture from Getty images just about sums thing up.

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Thailand worse floods ever 252 dead.

A total of 252 people were confirmed dead and three people were missing in the floods that have inundated many provinces for more than two months, the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department reported on Friday.

Floods still prevail in 212 districts of 28 provinces, effecting 2,696,521 people.
The provinces are Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chai Nat, Singburi, Angthong, Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphanburi, Nakhon Pathom, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Ubon Ratchathani, Khon Kaen, Si Sa Ket, Surin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Loei, Roi Et, Buri Ram, Chachoengsao, Nakhon Nayok and Prachinburi.

Photos by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd

Disaster centre officials reported the confirmed death toll from the floods at 252, with three people missing.

In Bangkok, the government has set up a flood relief command centre at Don Mueang Airport, using a vacant meeting room.
Prime Minister’s Office secretary Wim Rungwattanachinda said Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is the director of the centre.
Ms Yingluck late this morning chaired an urgent meeting of  state agency officials at the flood war room to discuss ways to tackle the continuing disaster, which just seems to get worse. 

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I just hope that they can avoid the Chao Praya river breaking it’s banks, as that would be a disaster given that many parts of Bangkok are below sea level.

 

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Very bad flooding throughout Thailand 98 killed

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This is the worst flooding that I have ever seen in Thailand during my 12 years here. Whilst driving from Pattaya to Bangkok on Sukhumvit road Pattaya the water was washing over my car bonnet. How the engine did not stop I will never know. Some people were not so lucky.

 

Angthong and Nakhon Sawan are still faced with heavy flooding, holding both extra rain water and flood water travelling southward from the upper North.

The average flood level in Angthong is at 1 to 2 metres, especially in urban areas, where schools and markets are closed.

School staff and teachers shuttle between dry areas transporting school supplies all day, and amidst darkness at night following shortages of electricity.

A water gate in neighbouring Sing Buri broke Thursday night, flooding a vast area and 220 homes in Pho Thong district of Angthong.

In Lop Buri, where stagnant flooding remains for three days after flash floods receded, survival kits presented by HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana were handed out to flood affected villagers in Ban Mi district.

A swelling Chao Phraya River section in Nakhon Sawan is breaching many long areas of riverside flood embankment walls, prompting hectic emergency repairs using military and volunteer personnel, together with the evacuation of people and transport of belongings in other residential areas and flooded government centres.

A Royal Irrigation Department statement warned of rising rivers and flash floods in riverside areas in 10 provinces from Nakhon Sawan down to Bangkok, after likely swelling during coming peak tides.

There are 173 government clinics inundated, most of them small and at the community level. There are 233,996 people seeking treatment or being treated with five most frequently found diseases: foot infections, colds, muscle pains, rashes and skin diseases, and stress.

An official damage report update released yesterday said there were 195 deaths and two going missing, and 1,148,250 people affected, in 29 provinces still facing flooding.

There were now around 4.8 million rai of farmland and more than 54,000 rai of fish ponds and shrimp farms inundated.

Of those killed, 73 of them drowned, two hit by felling trees, 15 in mudslides and 15 through electrocution.

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