Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Floodwater - Thailand

Posted by Hashim Abd Ghani On 9:24 PM
Aerial Picture - Floodwaters at a Honda car factory, Ayutthaya, Thailand
(Agency France-Press/Getty Images)

BANGKOK, THAILAND - Thailand is struggling with its worst flooding in 50 years, which has affected a third of its provinces and could swamp more of its densely populated capital, Bangkok, if water flowing from the north and heavy rain cause canals to burst their banks.

 Below are some numbers on the impact of the floods:

- 28 of Thailand's 77 provinces are affected

- 4 million acres (1.6 million hectares) of land is flooded, an area roughly the size of Kuwait or Swaziland, or twice the size of Puerto Rico

- 356 Thais have been killed as a result of the floods. Neighboring countries have also suffered fatalities, including Cambodia (247) Vietnam (63) and Laos (30) and Myanmar, where at least 100 have been killed.

- 12.5 percent of Thailand's rice paddies have been damaged

- 2.45 million Thais have been affected

- 800,000 is the estimated number of homes destroyed

- 720,000 people have been treated for water-borne diseases and stress

- 7 big industrial estates north of Bangkok have had to halt operations

- 10,938 businesses have been affected

- 640,547 people in industry are temporarily out of work

Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP


Factories were submerge in floodwaters at the Rojana industrial district in Ayutthaya, central Thailand, Monday, Oct. 24, 2011. Ayutthaya, a city north of Bangkok has been submerged for more than two weeks.

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