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Friday, November 4, 2011

The politics and geography behind Thailand’s floods - 4th Nov 2011

The floods this year in Thailand have been unprecedented. Floods have now entered parts of Bangkok, the country’s capital city, and the fate of the rest of the city hangs in the balance.

An extraordinary volume of water - more than 10,000 million cubic metres - somehow needs to get from Thailand’s central plains to the sea, with Bangkok standing in the way.

So far, over 400 people have been killed in flood-related incidents, and it is estimated that the economic cost of the affected industry and agriculture is at 186 billion baht (around $6.2 billion), which could double if Bangkok is badly affected.

Thailand’s flood crisis began in July and August in Northern Thailand. The first areas to be affected by the floods in August and September were the central plains of Thailand. Then the central region and towns such as Lopburi, Nakhon Sawan and Ayutthaya, which are located in a river valley, were affected in mid-October.

All of these areas were (and many still are) 60 to 70 percent submerged under up to 2 metres of water, forcing people to either evacuate their homes, or live on the second floor of their houses. Read More