Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare

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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Police on Yaowarat Road, known as Bangkok’s Chinatown, receive a bottle of water from a local resident.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Locals paddle around what is usually a busy intersection near Kasetsart University.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Flooding in northwest Bangkok has hit numerous homes in Thaweewatthana district, Phutthamonthon, with waters 1.5 meters hitting many parts of the area.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
The elevated Borommaratchachonnani Road, north of Bangkok, was turned into a temporary car park as residents tried to keep their vehicles away from the flooding.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Flooding spreads to Phetkasem Road in the western part of Bangkok on the morning of November 2, 2011. Residents are attempting to board a bus.
Image Credit: Wutipong Ieamsiriwat
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Water surrounding Bangkok slowly forced its way into the heart of the city. This picture was taken in the first hour of flooding at Siam Commercial Bank Park Plaza on Ratchadaphisek Road in Chatuchak district, Bangkok.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
This man says he has been fishing in front of Siam Commercial Bank’s headquarters every day since the area was flooded.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
NASA Earth Observatory shows images from space of the Don Muang Airport, located north of downtown Bangkok, on October 29, 2011. The white dots are airplanes. The watery rectangle is the submerged runway complex
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using EO-1 ALI data provided courtesy of the NASA EO-1 team. Caption by Holli Riebeek.
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
The usually busy Vibhavadi Rangsit Road is deserted.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Walking through flood waters on Phetkasem Road, Bangkok.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
An old Thai saying goes: “Nai Nam Mee Pla Nai Na Mee Khao” or “Wherever there is water, you can always find fish. Wherever there is a paddy field, you can always find plenty of rice.” This photo was taken in front of Kasetsart University, the oldest and largest agricultural university in Thailand.
Image Credit: Asit Maneesarn
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
The sign reads: “Everyone fight! Free Drinking Water from the heart.” The sign was posted by a fruit seller on Phetkasem Road, west of Bangkok. Drinking water is becoming scarce after flooding spread to most areas of western Bangkok.
Image Credit: Wutipong Ieamsiriwat
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Don Muang Airport was at one point effectively closed due to flooding.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A soldier standing in the middle of a road warning drivers not to go any further.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A Thai police officer stands by the front gate of Bangkok’s “Chinatown”
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Private boats have been operating to ferry those in affected areas of Bangkok.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
The man with the megaphone is Chuwit Kamolvisit, a popular but controversial politician who was once the country's biggest massage parlor owner. Here he tries to assist flood victims.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Bangkok residents wade through flood waters.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Onnut residents have been stocked up on instant foods in preparation flooding. The sign reads: "limit of six packs per family."
Image Credit: Yinglak Fungtaweesrivilai
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A passing truck generates a wave of water.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A man travels through floodwaters in Bangkok with his son.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Two submerged cars left behind a parking lot at Don Muang Airport.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Military vehicles have been a constant sight, with Army trucks taxiing people for essential travel.
Image Credit: Military vehicles have been a constant sight, with Army trucks taxiing people for essential travel.
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Many planes were left behind at Don Muang Airport.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Vibhavadi Rangsit Road during the flooding.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A family walking on what is usually a busy expressway.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A garbage collector carries plastic bottles and soda cans on the back of his bicycle.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Phaholyothin Road, in front of Central Plaza Lat Phrao, under half a meter of water.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
People attempt to leave flooded areas. This photo was taking in a bus crossing the Ratchayothin Bridge near the northern border area of Bangkok.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Volunteers with the Thai Red Cross Society distribute supplies.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Workers at Central Plaza Pinklao, north of Bangkok, pump water into a nearby canal.
Image Credit: Kraivut Rasameewesarach
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Military personnel organize traffic and transportation in flooded areas.
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Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
A combination of visible and infrared light images from NASA’s Terra satellite. Bangkok is located at the lower middle part of the images. The city is surrounded by water in the north and east.
Image Credit: NASA images courtesy MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center. Caption by Michon Scott.
Bangkok’s Flooding Nightmare
Ratchada Road is one of the main streets in inner Bangkok.
Image Credit: Asit Maneesarn
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