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Oct 04 2013

Another Round of Flooding in Southeast Asia as Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam Battle the Deluge (Footage)

The floods in Laos, which began in June, are reported to be the country’s worst in 35 years and have killed at least 20 people and affected 350,000, the Red Cross said, adding that food, drinking water and medicines are needed at once. (Thomson Reuters)

As we in Colorado recover from devastating flooding across the Front Range after the loss of 8 people and the destruction of homes and infrastructure, Southeast Asia has been dealing with worsening floods for a few months now with nearly 100 people dead already.


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In Cambodia, up to 30 people have died and some 374,000 are affected, the United Nations said. More than 67,500 houses and 500 schools have been flooded, roads, bridges and other infrastructure are damaged and there are concerns Typhoon Wutip could worsen the situation in already flooded areas.

In Vietnam, more than 100,000 people in four provinces were evacuated before  Typhoon Wutip made landfall on Sept. 30. Over 150,000 houses were damaged or collapsed as the typhoon passed, leaving almost 80,000 households sheltered by friends and neighbours, the Red Cross said. (Thomson Reuters)

The following clip shows a bit of the inundation in Cambodia and it’s capital city of Phnom Penh.

In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst flooding in half a century. More than 800 people were killed and 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of agricultural, industrial and residential lands were devastated. Many of the country’s industrial estates, which export electronic parts, auto parts and hard disk drives, were swamped, as were large parts of Bangkok.

Authorities have downplayed concerns of a repeat.

“Thanks to the dredging of the canals and the weather, at this point there is nothing to panic about,” Bangkok Gov. Sukhumbhand Paribatra tweeted Monday night. “Currently the water level in the Chao Phraya River is still low, so there’s nothing to worry.”

Experts also say it is unlikely the capital will see major flooding this year.

“It is not worrisome as the situation is very different from 2011,” said Seree Supratid, the director of a climate and disaster center at Bangkok’s Rangsit University. (AP)

Of course, this all calls to memory the devastating flooding that just occurred 2 years in this region, especially the flooding that hit Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok. A recent poll by Bangkok University of Bangkok Residents showed that half were fearing a repeat of 2011 though “experts” are saying no repeat of 2011 will occur this year. I think we’ve heard that before though. They’re probably right but don’t forget the nasty politics and public disunity that occurred as Bangkok was badly deluged in 2011. Nearly a thousand people perished in those 2011 floods in Thailand which built up over 2 months of rain and flooding in the Chao Phraya basin.

23 people have died in the floods this year in Thailand, hopefully that number doesn’t rise there nor in Cambodia, Laos, or Vietnam. Floodlist has more on all of this flooding. You can track the extent of the Thailand flooding again through the Thailand Flood Monitoring System.

“Bangkok Flood Watch 2013” is another blog to watch, a great ongoing update discussing the differences between the flooding in 2011 and this year’s floods, how the reservoirs are being managed, and how Thailand’s system is handling all the water as it makes it way into the Chao Phraya.

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