Thailand Flood Update and Resources: UPDATED Nov. 1st

UPDATE Nov. 1st:
Efforts to keep the inner most part of the capital dry appear to be working, but not without costs.

Bangkok Officials have to choose who Stays Dry in Floods New York Times

Thai flood may spare inner Bangkok Bloomberg

UPDATE OCT. 28th: Bangkok braces for “the perfect storm” which could raise flood water levels to 13 feet according to the Daily Beast. Travelers are advised not to travel in impacted zones.

UPDATE OCT. 27th: More of the same to report today. Flooding is hindering transportation and key water/food supplies are in short supply. The U.S. Department of State is recommending against all but essential travel in: metropolitan Bangkok,  Sukhothai, Pichit, Phitsanulok, Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singhburi, Angthong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Lopburi, Sara Buri, Nakhon Nayok, Pracheen Buri, Chacherngsao, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Kamphang Peth, and Tak.

 UPDATE OCT. 26th: Suvarnabhumi International Airport remains open, but the Don Muang Airport is closed due to flooding.  In response to the floods the Thai government has declared a holiday in impacted provinces from Oct. 27-31st according to the US government. This holiday coincides with a high tide that could cause canals to crest, and residents are urged to leave the city. Flood waters may stay stagnant for up to one month before receding back to sea, and some parts of Bangkok could be under as much as 5 feet of water. To make maters more interesting, crocodiles are swimming around in the floodwaters. Flooding has impacted the cities resources and infrastructure. Bottled water is scarce, and food staples are starting to be impacted.

Flood Waters Free Crocodiles New York Times

Thailand floods: stranded tourists criticize lack of information Telegraph Travel News

Thai Floods Shut Bangkok’s Second Largest Airport Washington Post

Asia’s deadly floods expose untold epidemic of child drownings, taking victims who can’t swim Washington Post

Thailand Floods: ‘Bangkok Hilton’ evacuated as city prepares for worst The Telegraph

UPDATE OCT. 25th: US Pentagon is monitoring the flood situation – here is the latest.

UPDATE OCT. 24th: Continued flood dangers causing rural/urban tensions, food shortages and panic buying of food and water. Armed gunman confront Thai officials and stop construction of levies to allow water to flow into city to ease rural flooding. So far airports are still open and protected, but waters could take 6 weeks to recede. Flooding has swamped farms, threatens PC manufacturing and impacted more than 198 factories, including Honda. Soft drink suppliers are being asked to switch to safe water production.

Bangkok River Swells to Record as Flooding Reaches Thai Capital Business Week

Thailand Floods Threaten Asia PC Makers Holday Sales Reuters

Deadly Thai floods close factories, threaten Bangkok Reuters

UPDATE OCT. 20th: Journalist Newley Purnell whose work has appeared in major media outlets has provided the following update as of 4 pm Oct.20th: parts of inner Bangkok are under threat, that were previously considered safe. His blog newley.com provides a wealth of valuable information about the current flood situation in english.

Four districts of eastern Bangkok (an area roughly 3.5 times the size of Washington DC.) are under flood waters.

The latest #ThaiFloodEng Tweets:

Ryn_writes ♥ Ryn C. Cobain ♥ 

 “Intense flooding has reached Bangkadi Industrial in Pratumthani, uprooting 7 electric poles & inundating 47 factories”
Tulip_Oum Tulip Naksompop 
“Nonthaburi govn: Bangbuathong receives water from Pathumtani, probably will stay flooded for a long while.”

UPDATE OCT. 19th: This morning the BBC reports that several districts north of Bangkok have been asked to prepare to evacuate.  Estimates say that a third of Thai provinces are currently flooded.

UPDATE OCT. 18th: Floodwalls are being reinforced today to protect Bangkok. More than one million sandbags are being used to build out the sandbag wall by 20 inches according to reports by the BBC.

The Wall Street Journal offers a more detailed analysis of the political climate around the floods and points out that the Thai government knew about the flood danger months in advance. This article focuses on the economic impacts of the flood on major manufacturing companies.  Other papers are reporting that the estimated cost of the flood damage is as much as $3.3 billion.

UPDATE OCT. 17th: As of today, World News Australia is reporting that Thai officials are saying they are confident that flood waters will not reach Bangkok and that the international airport will remain open. Officials say the next high-tide period, which will threaten Bangkok will be at the end of October between the 28th and 30th.

Bloomberg News as of 7 pm Pacific Time reports that the four eastern districts of Bangkok are flooded with a meter and a half of water. This Telegraph News video posted today shows the extent of the flooding as well as how the Thai people are dealing with this massive influx of water.

For those planing on traveling to Thailand in the coming weeks take time to read Bangkok Flood Alerts post and the flood safety and preparedness post from World Nomads. Both offer plenty of advice on the current situation on the ground (with an  excellent illustrated map of Bangkok potential flood areas) as well as smart travel tips.

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As the waters continue to rise in Thailand, we wanted to aggregate some of the news and resources we’ve found that can help inform you about what’s happening there. We are still planning on leaving for Bangkok on Nov. 3. Though to be honest, we don’t know what to expect at this point for CAT in WATER. The Prauchaup Kiri Khan province that we are headed to, so far, seems to be clear of any flooding danger. How food supplies and transportation will be effected is another matter.

Our hats are off to the Thai people, who are leading the aid effort. Locals are rallying together, donating food, supplies, even boats to help ferry people and help through flooded areas, which has so far affected more than 8 million people. International aid appears to be mostly coming from the United States and China, according to CNN news reports.

The links below will take you to photos, news stories, videos, and most importantly flooding maps and scientific data on the state of Thailand. You can also watch several videos from our video feed on the CAT in WATER homepage.

News Stories:

Thai Government Press Releases

Aid effort a huge undertaking in Thailand

Thailand flooding: Fear brings people together

Thailand Flood Monitoring

Google Crisis Response – Thailand Flooding 2011 & ThaiFlood.com

Thailand Flood Monitoring System (in Thai)

Mapping the Thailand Flood

Disaster Relief Efforts

World Vision Australia

Save the Children

SOS Children’s Relief Villages

Doctors Without Borders

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