Thailand Flood

A flooded street on Ko Kret island, Nonthaburi province, on the outskirts of Bangkok. Photograph: Narong Sangnak/EPA


Downpours that caused rivers to burst around Thailand have killed 94 people in nearly two weeks of flooding, which officials say is the worst in decades. It has affected more than 3 million people in 36 of Thailand's 76 provinces, according to government medical and disaster agencies.

In Bangkok, more than 4 million sandbags were erected into walls along stretches of the Chao Phraya River, which swelled with runoffs from upper provinces. The precautions held and the city had only minor flooding.

Read more: Bangkok faces severe flooding


The wrath of Nature has been starkly evident this year, from the catastrophic Haitian and Chilean earthquakes to the most severe floods in five decades that inundated half of Thailand, killed more than 90 people and affected millions more. Indonesia's tsunami has displaced thousands and killed 435 with more than 100 more still missing.

Bill Clinton took the opportunity to note the link between (non-earthquake) natural disasters and climate change in The 2010 Clinton Global Initiative, where the topic of the meeting was largely skewed toward addressing disaster relief, especially natural disasters. The former US president noted how global warming was set to increase the frequency of natural disasters such as floods, heatwaves, and hurricanes. "The incidence of economically devastating natural disasters will accelerate around the world with the changing of the climate," he warned.

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Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Thailand’s government approved a 2.9 billion baht ($97 million) special budget to help victims of the nation’s worst flooding in five decades, as authorities in Bangkok worked to strengthen the city’s defenses.

The government will give 5,000 baht to each family in some of the worst-hit areas as part of its wider relief effort, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said today after a Cabinet meeting.

Thailand’s floods have spread to a third of the country, leaving 56 dead since Oct. 10, according to the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand. The government said today that output from the main rice crop may fall 6.5 percent, and Kasikornbank Pcl warned the disaster may shave 1 percentage point from the nation’s economic growth in the fourth quarter.

At least 2.8 million people have been affected by the floods, and water has damaged 3.2 million rai (1.3 million acres) of agricultural land, the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation said today in a statement. Floodwaters have receded in nine provinces, leaving 25 still affected, it said.

Authorities in Bangkok are reinforcing the city’s flood- protection system amid concern the Chao Phraya river may overflow as tides peak, the Nation newspaper reported.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who stopped in Bangkok today on a four-nation tour, expressed his “deep profound sympathy” to the flood victims.

“It is a stark reminder of the reality of climate change,” he told reporters in Bangkok, adding that he discussed with Abhisit ways the UN could work with Southeast Asian nations to address global warming.

Read more: Thailand Boosts Aid for Flood Victims as Bangkok Escapes Deluge


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