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 18 2011

Ban Lorcha: An Akha village in Chiang Rai

An Akha village just off the road between Tha Ton and Mae Chan, close to the turn off for Mae Salong in northwest Chiang Rai province, Ban Lorcha is also the site of a community-based tourism scheme run by the Population & Community Development Association (PDA). This pilot project aims to create a sustainable tourism … 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

Oct 14 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 14, 2011

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Well, we’re here: it’s the first test. Tonight, tomorrow and Sunday’s high tides will be abnormally high, while the crest of flood waters from Thailand’s north will arrive in Bangkok at the same time. It will be the first in a series of challenges for the flood defenses deployed to keep (most) of Bangkok dry. … read the full post

Oct 13 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 13, 2011

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As we wrote this post, authorities asked residents in some areas on the outskirts of Bangkok to evacuate after a flood levee reportedly collapsed. TAN Network said on its Twitter feed that the emergency flood centre advised that “the collapse of Banprao floodgate in Samkok, Pathum Thani may bring 1m floodwater to Rangsit, Saimai, Klongluang, … read the full post

Oct 13 2011

Mekong river hijacking in the Golden Triangle

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Dates seem to vary slightly according to the source — one of which is here– but our usually reliable man on the ground in Yunnan reports that two Chinese cargo vessels travelling on the Mekong between Jinghong, Yunnan and Chiang Saen, Thailand were hijacked at around midday on October 10. The particularly brutal hijacking took … read the full post

Oct 12 2011

Bangkok flooding update: October 12, 2011

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The next couple of days will be key in seeing whether Bangkok escapes the worst of floods that have now swelled across two-thirds of Thailand, though even if the city eludes the waters, the last three days of October will be another test, authorities say. “Don’t underestimate the floods,” Energy Minister Pichai Naripthaphan said according … read the full post

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