South East Asia Faces Extreme Monsoon Season- Bangkok Braces as High Tide Arrives

Naseem Sheikh

South-East Asia has been battered by particularly severe monsoon rains this year. The flooding is the worst to hit Thailand in decades, killing at least 356 people, displacing more than 110,000 and doing huge damage to the economy, tens of thousands of families sheltering in evacuation centres.

Heavy rains since July have inundated large parts of Southeast Asia, forcing millions from their homes. Another 336 people have died in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, an official saidbangkok floods

Bangkok has been on high alert for days and flood waters have breached Thailand’s capital as the high tide comes in .The Government has declared a 5 day holiday to encourage people to leave the city

The flooding will not be like a flood after a heavy rainfall but it will be like rapid water rising and could be severe like a fresh water tsunami. After one or two days the water will start to pollute and a few days after that it will be full of garbage. Once flooded expect the flood water to remain for weeks, said locals

Markets in Bangkok have run out of bottled water and many other supplies as people race to get food. Flash lights, dry food, instant noodles are in high demand. 

 

Last week in Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the 40th largest country in the world and the second largest country in Southeast Asia flash floods killed 100 people and left more than 80 missing.

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The official put the estimated damage from the disaster at around $1.64 million. More than 1,500 people have sought refuge in two shelters in the flood-hit town of Pakokku and were visited by the military-dominated country's second vice-president Sai Mauk Kham on Sunday morning.

Besides, 403 other houses including one clinic, one monastery and one primary school from 22 villages in Pauk Township were ravaged and 19 other people including 10 women were missing or killed in flood of Yaw creek and Kyaw creek.

Local media said six relief camps have been set up to accommodate 1,500 flood victims. More than 2,000 houses were swept away by the mass of water that hit four towns in the Magway region on Thursday and Friday.

"The water level is back to normal now," by a local man "Transportation is still difficult as the bridge was destroyed and most telephone lines are still down," the man added.


Naseem Sheikh writes for us from Lahore in Pakistan

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