Archive for the 'Health & safety' Category

Oct 25 2011

Bangkok floods: Don Muang Airport closes

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About 13:00 Tuesday Thai time, Thai low cost carrier Nok Air announced it was moving all incoming flights effective immediately to Bangkok’s main international gateway Suvarnabhumi Airport. The only other carrier using the airport, Orient Thai Airlines/1-2-Go!, is moving all flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport at 15:00 today. The reason given is that flooding of the … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Bangkok floods: Defensive planning

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Day by day the flood waters seep ever closer to the heart of Bangkok. Tonight we saw photos of minor flooding on the lower sois of Samsen Road, which runs north-south toward Khao San Road. While the flooding was definitely in the scheme of things minor, it is nevertheless concerning to see flooding this close … read the full post

Oct 23 2011

Evacuating from the Bangkok floods: a firsthand account

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by Hamish Chalmers The two or so hours we spent in our family home after I hit send with my dispatch to Travelfish.org about the inundation of our moo baan in Nonthaburi (on the edge of Bang Bua Thong and Pak Kret) were eerie and a little surreal. We felt uncommonly alone. The normal chatter … read the full post

Oct 22 2011

Bangkok not underwater, everyone stop it with the panic

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Following on from our post yesterday, our man on the ground Brock Kuhlman gives this update on floods in and around Bangkok. As of this morning, the flooding in Bangkok and surrounding provinces is following the script to the letter. Flooding that was expected in Lak Si, Don Muang and Sai Mai districts to the … read the full post

Oct 21 2011

Floods at Bangkok’s gates but don’t cancel your trip

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You’re supposed to be arriving in Bangkok in the next few days and all you’ve read in the last week or so has centred on Bangkok’s efforts to reinvent itself as the true Venice of the East. You’re worried and thinking of cancelling your trip. Don’t — here’s why. Update October 25: Due to the … read the full post

Oct 20 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 20, 2011

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The flood threat to Bangkok — while many areas elsewhere in Thailand are already suffering from devastating inundation — seemed to edge up yet another notch on Thursday, with authorities told to selectively open the city’s floodgates to help drain water into the sea. “This problem is very overwhelming. It’s a national crisis so I … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 19, 2011

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Seven outlying districts of Bangkok were told to move their belongings to higher ground Wednesday and Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra called for political differences to be put aside as the capital stares down the threat of inundation. According to the BBC, a warning to move upwards or outwards went out to residents of Sai … read the full post

Oct 19 2011

Living through Bangkok’s floods

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by Hamish Chalmers What’s it like to be living through Thailand’s floods? Every year we get these reports of areas up-country being inundated with the annual monsoon run off, and we think ‘how awful’. And then we carry on with our lives. Not so this year. I live with my wife and our eight month … read the full post

Oct 18 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 18, 2011

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Saturday and Sunday were supposed to be waiting Bangkokians’ Waterloo, with either victory or defeat delivered by the last high tide yesterday. It hasn’t panned out quite that way. Water has not moved quite as quickly as expected to the south and out into the Gulf of Thailand. Flood waters continue to press south, engulfing … read the full post

Oct 15 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 15, 2011

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Since Monday, we’ve been saying that the next few days will be critical in determining the severity of the floods. Now it’s Saturday, and the forecast is still uncertain. Supermarket shelves have been re-stocked with noodles, and subsequently emptied. Consumer panic is on the rise, but no one really knows if the worst is over. … read the full post

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