Tuesday, November 01, 2011

What you need to know about when there is a natural disaster: Flood

It had been a long long while since I updated, but I think there's a littttttttttttle need for me to update now: the Thai flood.

As far as I've remembered, I've only encountered one small flood when I was back in Malaysia, of which is about 30cm in height. Now that I am working in Bangkok, I'm going to experience it again, maybe. *My place is still dry*

Thai people had been bombarded by massive information over the internet and has got NO CONCLUSION how bad this will go, and how long it will be. For the first few weeks, it caused panic and everyone had been storing food and clean water for use when the flood is coming in.

As for my place, the people here had been waiting for a very long time for the flood to come. From "Flood, please don't come", then they prepared, and waited, to "please come now, we are tired of waiting an anticipating".

Massive bombardment of information had put many yet-to-wet-lands into halt. Business, schools, restaurants and etc. The economy is taking a big hit from this flood. Tourists are worried and many of them cancelled their trips to Bangkok - of which is a good thing, and a bad thing at the same time.

Why bad? Cash flow. The flood had already "prevented" many tourists to come and spend. Let's take the ancient city Ayudhya for example. It had been flooding for weeks, and it's still flooding, and will be flooding. When the water's gonna go away? No one knows exactly. Now is Bangkok's turn.

Many of my friends had retreated from Bangkok but I'm still stucked here with works. It's not to say that my boss's crazy or what but, it's the right thing to do at the moment, for a company to survive. Many of the companies are doing the same thing. We won't know when the flood is coming, we won't know how long we might need to close down our factories.

However, we are all still pretty lucky because food is still widely available, but bottled water is sarced. You can hardly find a tiny bottle of water in Tesco Lotus, 7-11, Family Mart, or even restaurants. Clean drinking water will be one of the main concern and major problem when the flood fully covering Bangkok, I think.

Nonetheless, Thailand is full with kind people. We have got a lot of people helping out each other and at the same time, many charity bodies joined in and help to get things right. Thanks to people like Roosuflood, many people understand more about the flood and get themselves much more well prepared.

Not to forget, we too, have people like @RichardBarrow to update us (the Thai Language illiterate, LOL) in English, with #ThaiFloodEng too. The world is good with people like them all around to help.

Last but not least, pray for Thai and the world. =)

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