Mounting crisis: one-third of Thailand now under water

October 25, 2011BANGKOK – Thailand announced a five-day holiday on Tuesday to give people the chance to escape floods closing in on Bangkok as authorities ordered the evacuation of a housing estate on the outskirts of the city after a protective wall gave way. The cabinet declared October 27-31 a holiday in Bangkok and 20 provinces affected by the country’s worst flooding in 50 years as weekend high tides in the Gulf of Thailand could complicate efforts to divert water away from the low-lying capital. The floods have forced the closure of seven industrial estates in Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani provinces bordering Bangkok, causing billions of dollars of damage, disrupting supply chains for industry and putting about 650,000 people temporarily out of work. The cabinet announced a 325 billion baht budget on Tuesday to help rebuild the country, mostly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), small vendors and individuals. “If they get back to normal quickly, it will help push the economy forward,” Finance Minister Thirachai Phuvanatnaranubala said of the businesses. The floods have killed at least 366 people since mid-July and disrupted the lives of nearly 2.5 million, with more than 113,000 living in temporary shelters and 720,000 seeking medical attention. Although authorities are scrambling to pump out water from the Bangkok region, record-high water levels in the Chao Phraya river that winds through the city raise the risk of floods in central Bangkok, especially if heavy rain returns when the tide is high. Don Muang Airport, Bangkok’s second biggest, said it would temporarily close at 5 p.m. (1000 GMT) on Tuesday as passengers and staff might have problems reaching the terminal because of the flooding. It expected to reopen on November 1.Reuters
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15 Responses to Mounting crisis: one-third of Thailand now under water

  1. Yamkin says:

    Ireland Flash Floods: Search Teams Recover the Body of Missing Policeman and a Woman Swept away during the Floods

    Downpour floods homes and shops as torrential rain hits the United Kingdom – 22 FLOOD ALERTS ISSUED

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  2. luisport says:

    gthomasfcasia Gregory M. Thomas
    Interesting times in BKK @RichardBarrow: Thai PM: We could see flooding in Bangkok of between .5 & 1.5 meter if barriers break #ThaiFloodEng
    há 16 segundos

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  3. luisport says:

    Hae_No_3 남자3호님♥♥
    ㅠㅠ RT @bkkdude: Thailand has a major disaster every 7 years -1997: financial crisis, 2004: Tsunami, 2011: Floods #ThaiFloodEng
    há 20 segundos

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  4. will says:

    Its sinking.

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  5. Sue says:

    With all this flooding in so many parts of the world and people and animals living and walking around in the dirty waters for weeks…months..there must be new strands of diseases developing as we speak. Grave yards under water with the soil softening..sewage. Not to mention the animals and vegetables and the sanitation for any exports. Time will tell.

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  6. luisport says:

    mikeriemer Mike Riemer
    @ @Ripo_80 If you’re into flooded cities, lack of drinking water, transportation problems, health risks, then come on over! #thaifloodeng
    há 2 minutos » birdononewire birdononewire
    #ThaiFloodEng after flooding Don Muang Thai Defence Minister Yuthasak Sasiprapha says Thailand is in a crisis. http://bit.ly/rZT734 #fb
    há 3 minutos

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  7. luisport says:

    birdononewire birdononewire
    #ThaiFloodEng water at Nonthaburi would be 4000 m3 entering west of Bkk through 3 canals including Bkk Noi,Bang Phlat,Thawee Wattana
    há 2 minutos

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  8. luisport says:

    websupportguy Tony Gilbert
    Bangkok Governor says if situation continues, water levels will exceed average flood barriers by 100 cm. http://bit.ly/vDkPzo #ThaiFloodEng
    há 1 minuto

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  9. luisport says:

    birdononewire birdononewire
    #ThaiFloodEng In live TPBS telecast an BMA deputy governor admitted worst case would see all 50 districts in BMA flooded within next 2 weeks
    há 2 minutos

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  10. Tim says:

    Rangsit, Thailand Photo http://news.yahoo.com/photos/thailand-monsoon-flooding-1317750990-slideshow/flooding-ravages-provinces-threatening-bangkok-20111024-080637-052.html

    9862 Kilometers to the northwest, more than one month’s rain fell on Dublin, Ireland in 24 hours, causing several rivers to break their banks and flooding the country’s largest shopping centre in the south of the city. Dublin City Council said the amount of rain that fell on the east coast on Sunday and Monday was unprecedented.

    Your book arrived Saturday, it’s been an enlightening read.
    Thank you Alvin for all your hard work.
    God’s Grace and Peace to you

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  11. luisport says:

    georgebkk George Thaivisa
    URGENT: All 50 Districts In Bangkok To Brace For Flood Tonight: http://bit.ly/rR1Nis #ThaiFloodEng
    há 44 segundos

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  12. luisport says:

    BritishThai BritishThaiInterlink
    RT @NST_Online: Flood getting worse in Bangkok http://bit.ly/tkgmyw” #ThaiFloodEng
    há 2 minutos

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  13. luisport says:

    johnnyandann Johnny & Ann McClean
    @jin_nation says ‘Bangkok is entering ‘6 critical days’ when tides peak and run-off from the north flows thru the city #ThaiFloodEng
    há 2 minutos

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