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Flooding disaster in Thailand

Categories: East Asia, Thailand, Breaking News, Disaster, Environment

More than 40 people are now confirmed dead due to rising floodwaters [1] in the northeast and central parts of Thailand. Parts of Bangkok, the country’s capital, are now flooded [2]too. This is the country’s worst flooding disaster [3] in almost half a century.

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Photo from twitpic user sresuda

Using the #thaiflood [5] twitter hashtag, here are flood reports

freakingcat: [6] RT @richardbarrow: Paknam Market in Samut Prakan had about a foot of water at high tide. Less than normal for this time of year
freakingcat: [7] RT @richardbarrow: Flood warning for Bangkok: King High Tide at 9:09 a.m. this morning. Some flooding already reported #thaiflood
veen_NT: [8] Water has reached footpath level on Songwaad Rd: small vehicles should avoid using the route. via @fm91trafficpro #thaiflood
Pataraporn_TV: [9] RT @tukky_nt: Flood center expected water level in Chao Phaya BKK will rise the highest at 2.3-2.4 m. at 9.09 am.#thaiflood Via Matichon
tukky_nt: [10] Flood center expected water level in Chao Phaya BKK will rise the highest at 2.3-2.4 m. at 9.09 am. Keep monitor!!#thaiflood Via Matichon

Twitter reactions and government relief efforts

Pariwat: [11] RT @an_Angeltree: Today's message : #Thaiflood, Tomorrow's message : (may be)#bkkflood..Who knows? < < Indeed Tulip_Oum: Over 2,200 UbonRatchatani's locals have been evacuated, 1m-hi flood expected, Warin & Muang r most concern. / @satien_nna #ThaiFlood
Pruris: [12] While I'm having a mineral milk bath, lots of flood victims even don't have a house to stay. I just pray for them. #Thaiflood
juarawee: [13] Transport Min 2 propose ฿5Bln flood relief budget, Commerce 2 propose ฿1bln 4 agricultural products today @ Cabinet/@wannasiri_tv #thaiflood

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Photo from yfrog user anavat's stream

This blogger witnessed [15] how citizens are helping and uniting to prevent more flooding casualties

It was wonderful to see the community getting together to protect their belongings. Around 20 people teamed up to make sandbags, women folding and sewing, the men and children piling sand into the bags, and every so often a vehicle coming to move the bags to where they were needed

Political Prisoners in Thailand notes that many people are dissatisfied [16] with the government response

The current flooding in Thailand is a disaster. The death toll is reportedly more than 35 and millions are said to be impacted. Some areas are completely cut off and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva has said that some places may be inundated for weeks or a month.

Criticism of the government’s response are rising, like the waters