Oct 01 2011
On the basis that you’d assume no news was good news there was no news yesterday – which is good news! Although water had spread out to areas further from the river over the last couple of days levels are now happily down right across Chiang Mai. Worarot and night bazaar areas and west of the Ping were reported pretty much dry today though there is standing water remaining on the east bank and southern suburbs.
A big clean up is now underway and larger public buildings such as certain schools etc would welcome any help they can get to enable kids to return to school on Monday morning. The receding water leaves piles of mud, silt leaves branches etc behind so if you don’t have anything important to do and you fancy a bit of exercise grab a broom or mop in the nearest school and give a hand. (If you can’t find one then here’s a link to ABS junior school ‘s FB page where they have just put out a request for help so the little angels/monsters – delete as necessary – can get back to their studies!)
Chiang Mai City council actually apologized to affected persons and businesses at their inability to prevent flooding though have rather ominously said that receding waters have given them some breathing space to repair and consolidate sandbag barriers before the incoming typhoon hits early next week!? Yes unfortunately typhoon Nesat that hit Northern Vietnam over the past few days is now heading towards Laos and North Thailand. It has been downgraded to a tropical storm but heavy rain is to be expected and further flooding is a distinct possibility.
Highways out of Chiang Mai are all clear though we understand that rail services are still seriously disrupted mainly due to severe flooding in provinces in central Thailand. Finally here’s a link to some spectacular aerial images of the flooding.
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