Even before I had (have?) technically decided that I wanted to stay in Thailand, my parents have been freaking out about this flood in Thailand. For good reason, half the country is under water and over 500 people have died. The World Health Organization is suggesting that all non-essential travel be cancelled and as of Monday, Bangkok started evacuations.
It is my understanding that every year Thailand floods to some extent, but when it rains, it pours.
I am in the mindset that I don’t want to make any rash decisions based on the news, and wouldn’t cancel my travel plans until the day comes nearer, but I can’t help but selfishly fear that this is seriously going to put a wrench in my plans.
So I’ve been doing some research and I found Newley Purnell, an American journalist working in Bangkok, and all his blog posts and Twitter lists make for a pretty comprehensive update about what’s going on at ground level.
However, the best thing I’ve come across so far are these informational videos about the flood. These videos make me hope that the whales make it to the gulf of Thailand, and I also get to acclimatize myself to the Thai language while giggling at the super cute cartoons.
So far there are 6 episodes, that appear to be created as soon as new news comes out to keep Thai people informed about the best practice for knowing about the flood in their area, evacuation, even sensible hoarding.