For Thailand, 2011 has been a year of hell and high water. Those who believe climate change is the misbegotten brainchild of a bunch of paranoid environmentalists must now be flushing down their words with barrels of flotsam-choked river water. Bangkok, a city that climatologists have warned for years to be sinking, appears to be yielding to the river — and the rumors.
An area the size of Kuwait has been underwater. Over four hundred people have reportedly died since the massive post-monsoon flooding began in late July. The primary culprit, ironically, is the river that is also Thailand's lifeline. Floods are no strangers to the Chao Phraya or Mae Nam, which runs a course of 372 kilometers through the country before entering Bangkok and emptying into the Gulf of Thailand. But the second spell of floods this calendar year has left the northern and western parts of the city waterlogged and itsRead More »from Thailand’s Great Flood awaits Noah