Thailand is struggling with the worst flooding it has seen in 50 years. The flood has affected a third of its provinces and is currently swamping its densely populated capital, Bangkok. Water flowing from the north and heavy rain could cause the canals to burst and the city could be overwhelmed with water.
The flood has threatened hundreds of lives, properties, and the tourist industry in Bangkok. Residents have scrambled to find suitable drinking water, life vests and rafts, and to prepare for the possibility of no electricity.
It's becoming clearer now that this horrible flood will be here to stay, at least for several weeks, Adisorn Vivakanond, managing director of Tri-Property Co. Ltd. told The Wall Street Journal. Vivakanond, a developer of low-rise condominium projects, sent his wife and child to stay on higher ground, so that they won't have to share the fate of the rest of us Bangkokians in the eventual scarcity of foods [sic] and water supply, he said.
The city has also seen mass evacuations and tens of thousands of Bangkok residents are fleeing the city, reports The Washington Post. Some residents escaped on military trucks and buses, while others used paddle boats, plastic tubs and rubber or wooden rafts.
Several men, The Associated Press reports, floated down a flooded road in a makeshift boat made of empty oil barrels tied to a rectangular plank.
While some businesses in the northern parts of the city remain open, floods have destroyed a fifth of the city's districts, mostly the northern outskirts and suburbs. The area near the Grand Palace, one of Bangkok's best-known tourist landmarks, is already partially flooded.
The flood, which started in July, has caused billions of dollars in damage and has taken the lives of 373 people. A third of Thailand's provinces are drenched and over 110,000 people have been displaced, according to The Washington Post.