Well, rainy season was pretty much normal here in Thailand except for a heavy September. Combined with other factors such as super high tides and long term problems like deforestation, were seeing some of the worst flooding in decades.
I'll not start criticizing the government, or the political scene or the social divide between the haves and the have-nots...but all of that contributes to the mess that has been made of the whole thing, as well as years and years of neglect by those in charge as well as the population as a whole. I'll not go into that...full stop.
Rather, I'd just like to let everyone know that it is happening, and it's all around us. So many people are suffering around the Kingdom, and not just those under water. The floods have tied up and pretty much stopped all supply chains for things from daily necessities such as food and water, to things that make the economy go here...industry (car parts manufacturers, hard discs, EVERYTHING). Tourism is taking a huge hit thanks to panic and hysteria in the media and social networking sites.
A photo essay like the one from The Atlantic found here (Beautiful pictures of a desperate situation) shows just a few of the areas worst hit by the flooding...the flood waters refusing to recede. Residents facing several months of meter-deep to neck-deep waters, stagnating, rotting, breeding disease-carrying mosquitoes...sad.
In the meantime, the average Bangkokian is on edge every day wondering when the waters are going to reach their part of the city. As of today, they've stayed away from our part of the city, but we are one of 5 areas that are the next to flood and considered "high risk" areas. I personally don't believe it will be as bad as it's being made out to be for inner Bangkok, but what do I know!? I'm just trying to take a more hopeful approach, while at the same time preparing for the worst. Water, check. Batteries and flash lights, check. Canned foods and ramen, check! Mmmmmm! Heck, Pae even brought back some dark chocolate covered macadamia nuts from Hawaii! We're set!
Anyway, for our family back home, we're safe. As of today, we're dry. We're prepared and we're hopeful. Those who pray, please find time for those in Thailand less fortunate than us. They need lots of prayers, luck...any good vibes going their way. Take a look at the link above, again beautiful photos, and there are many more but this is my favorite set so far.