Bangkok Flood

October 29, 2011 by staff 

Bangkok Flood, Central Bangkok, the city is located about 30 miles north of the Bay of Bangkok in the Gulf of Thailand. The Chao Phraya is the river that runs through the city of nine million people. Which drains about one third of the territory of Thailand.

Numerous canals lead to the river that once earned comparisons to the city of Venice, Italy. However, many have been filled and becomes roads in recent years.

The city itself is a little more than two meters above sea level, which means it faces problems of flooding during the monsoon season, even routine. At some points on Friday, the waters reached 2.47 meters in height.

Located at the southern end of the floodplain that is ideal for rice cultivation in the west, though Bangkok has become increasingly industrialized in recent decades.

The monsoon season of heavy rains usually begin in late May and early June. Lasts until October, with August and September is usually the rainiest months.

However, this year, rains started in May. The floods began in July and continues until the present. Some scientists blame the girl – the bubbles of colder waters in the Pacific Ocean, disrupting weather patterns – to the floods this year.

The flooding problem began in the highlands of northern Thailand and moved south to the central region of the world’s most populous. Bangkok, in the southern part of the area.

The regions south and east of the country are relatively intact. However, the Thai border with Laos and Cambodia formed in some places along the Mekong River, which is causing flooding problems in these countries, and Vietnam.

In total, about eight million people are believed to be affected by the flooding throughout the region. Thailand’s population is 75 million dollars.

At least a quarter of the 800 known deaths in Thailand are children. Death toll in Thailand is bound by at least 370.

Asia Scientific noted in an article in October 25 that the flood has damaged more than 3,000 schools in Thailand.

That may damage the future of Thailand. In the short term, crops are being driven and manufacturing plants to close down. Some critics say the plants were built in poor locations from the perspective of flood protection.

Some economic projections suggest the flood could cut two percentage points to GDP growth in Thailand in 2011. Others suggest that the estimates and 6 million dollars in flood damage is doubled if Bangkok is flooded.

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction on 21 October said that while this is an abnormal flood event could be more common in the future.

“This flooding map exactly on the models of a being-in-a-hundred years of events, and things could get worse in the future,” said Jerry Velasquez, ISDR office in Bangkok.

“If we know that flooding will happen and how high it will be, then we must be better prepared,” he said.

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