Update two: For more posts about flooding in Thailand as of Sept., 2011, see the Thailand Flooding tag.
Update: This post is from Oct. 2010. For more recent flooding news, from March 2011, see this post.
As I mentioned here and here, Thailand has been hit by the worst flooding in decades. @thaitvnews has created this Google Map — embedded below — of affected areas. The map contains photos, links to videos, and Thai-language descriptions of the floods.
Devastating floods spreading from northeastern Thailand have left 17 people dead over the past two weeks as heavy rainfall has put entire villages underwater, destroyed crops and disrupted transportation and commerce.
Thailand’s relatively well-organized government services appeared to have been caught by surprise and in some areas overwhelmed, with some survivors stranded for days without government aid. Officials describe the flooding, which follows deadly inundations in Vietnam and other nearby countries, as the worst in half a century. Damage is estimated at more than $650 million.
This Thai-language TV report has footage of the flooding (embedded below):
And here are stories from VOA (“Asia Faces Rising Death Toll From Heavy Rains”) and Bloomberg (“Thailand Floods Kill 7 People, Spread to 13 Provinces; Transport Links Cut”).
The worst floods in decades in Thailand’s rural northeast have killed at least seven people and damaged homes, businesses and swathes of farmland, officials said Tuesday.
In worst-hit Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand’s biggest province, three people died and thousands of homes were flooded along with a hospital, which has been forced to evacuate patients in critical condition.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said twice as much rain had fallen compared with last year in the mountainous province about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Bangkok.
“It’s the worst flood in 40 to 50 years in Nakhon Ratchasima,” he said.
Flooding in Thailand has caused only slight damage to the rice and sugar crops, officials said on Tuesday, and while rubber output is currently restricted by rain, that is normal for this time of the year.
Flash floods in northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province have killed four people since Saturday.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been affected by the worst flooding in decades in the province and at least 2,000 families have been evacuated to higher ground, provincial Governor Rapi Pongboopakit said.