Monday, October 10, 2011

Tourists warned as floods continue to wreak havoc in Thailand - 10th Oct 2011

Bangkok is bracing for the worst flooding it’s seen in decades as waters from the flooded central plains continue to rush in.

Rising water levels on the Chao Phraya river and city canals have left some riverside restaurants, shops and homes submerged, while public piers are covered in makeshift platforms and sandbags to keep ferry passengers dry.

For now, major city tourist areas such as Sukhumvit Road, Khao San Road and Silom are unaffected by the floods.

But media reports quoting Thai government officials say Bangkok will be hit particularly hard between October 20 and 24, as a high spring tide will prevent the Chao Phraya River from draining into the sea, leaving Bangkok and its surrounds fighting to keep waters from flooding the city.

For a graph outlining the city’s flood risk areas, check out this Bangkok Post article. The United States Embassy in Thailand has also issued an emergency message to U.S. citizens via its website.

More than 260 people have died in flood-related incidents since late July, according to Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.

The worst-hit provinces are in Thailand’s Central Plains -- low-lying agricultural areas adjacent to major waterways such as the Chao Phraya river. Read More