Floods in Bangkok

As always with media coverage of natural disasters it is hard to know how much is true and how much is media hype. The 2004 tsunami was a good example of this when much of the coverage mixed up the worst shots from all countries leaving the general public confused as to how bad the situation was in any given place. The current flood situation is the same story.

Thanks to Thai-On (Flickr) for slideshow.

Although the situation is very bad in certain areas, with people living 'afloat' for around 2 months already, there are many parts of Thailand that are unaffected, Phuket, although it had it's fair share of rain, temporary flooding and landslides, is back to normal with beautiful weather now. But for those of you who are worried about the current situation in Bangkok, Google has created a flood map that also has other useful links and information. It can be seen in English and Thai at: http://www.google.org/crisisresponse/thailand-flood-2011.html. The Tourism Authority of Thailand offers the latest 'situation update' on the flood on their website. A more detailed story can be seen on Wikipedia 'Thai Floods"

Useful info from The Bangkok Governor  (Thai only) on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheBangkokGovernor?sk=notes

Link to this map http://crisislanding.appspot.com/?crisis=thailand_floods_en

Bangkok Floods in History
Bangkok's Old-Timers Recall Even Worse Deluges: by Patrick Barta for the Wall Street Journal 

And for those of you who are bored with pictures of floods and rain here is a glimpse of Phuket's weather today!

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