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THAILAND FLOODS: Tourism body calls for live reports on floods

Officials have been urged to provide live reports on flood situations in order to feed accurate and reliable  information to agents around the world.  PATA chief Martin Craigs.

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has urged Thai authorities to begin offering live reports, as this would also help with the nation’s recovery by winning back the confidence of tourists. PATA chief executive Martin Craigs met with head of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Suraphon Svetasreni, saying that the country’s official tourism authority would ensure accurate information was broadcast throughout the world during the post-crisis recovery phase. He said that it was vital for the TAT and other industry stakeholders to provide a flow of accurate and up-to-date information from the ground to travel agents worldwide. “Webcams are a good idea. As are vox-pop, on-the-ground interviews with real tourists on Bangkok streets,” Craigs said. Koh Samui is still open and as beautiful as ever. “PATA’s head office and the PATA Rapid Recovery Task Force will assist the TAT in the recovery.” The PATA is contributing to fight the misconceptions to potential overseas tourists that most of the country is flooded. On Monday, the association issued a press release for foreign tourism industry professionals, encouraging people to visit the Kingdom as their presence would considerably help the industry recover. PATA said that the main impact of the flooding was felt throughout the Central provinces and in the capital, Bangkok.  The organisation’s head office has been operating normally throughout the crisis.

The organisation predicts that the Thai tourism industry will experience a quick recovery.

The association aims to work with the Thai government to help contribute to a speedy recovery. “As I have observed during 30 years of visiting and now living in Thailand, the Thai people and its travel and tourism industry are resilient. PATA pledges its support to a full tourism recovery in Thailand and nearby destinations,” he said. PATA also noted that while the inner suburbs of Bangkok remained dry, the situation was not as devastating as played out by foreign reporters.  He said that only a few parts of Bangkok and some of the surrounding provinces became affected by flooding, and tourism throughout the rest of the country was running as normal.

Help Thai Flood Victims

Thailand is currently experiencing its worst floods in half a century, with more than 2.5 million affected or displaced by floods.  Rains have lashed the country for more than three months non-stop, and the death toll approaches 400.

Throughout the country, supermarket shelves are bare and bottled water is incredibly hard to come by.  Many stores throughout the country are rationing basic food items, such as rice and eggs. Many have left Bangkok as floodwaters pose a very real threat, and thousands of homes throughout the central and northern provinces remain without electricity and clean water.

See how you can help victims in need: Thai Red Cross The Thai Red Cross has distributed 1.3 million bottles of drinking water, more than 122, 000 family kits and has also set up two emergency kitchens in Ayutthaya and Chainat provinces where its providing hot meals Donate here to contribute the Red Cross’ efforts. UNICEF and Save The Children Join Forces: UNICEF and Save the Children have have teamed up to protect flood-affected children.

The project will create 10 “child-friendly spaces” (CFS) at evacuation centers with large child populations to provide them with a safe place to play and to participate in structured activities. Donate here to help these organizations fulfill their mission.

Shelter Box This organization has shipped more than 400 boxes containing a disaster relief tent (suitable for an extended family), blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other critical items. Donate here . GlobalGiving GlobalGiving uses donations to buy necessities such as bedding, clothing, and sanitary products to provide comfort to families and to help them maintain a degree of normalcy as they adapt to the difficulties of refugee life. Help the organization to reach its funding goal of $10,000 here .

The US Thai Embassy A donation center has opened up through the Thai embassy in Washington D.C. and donations from U.S. Citizens total over $50,000 thus far. Your money will go toward relief supplies for victims of the flood through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

To donate, send a personal check or money order payable to “Royal Thai Embassy” to The Consular Affairs Section, Royal Thai Embassy 1024 Wisconsin Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C. 20007

OFFICIAL: Announcement on Flooding Situation in Bangkok, 25 Oct,2011

Announcement of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Subject : Announcement on Flooding Situation in Bangkok ———————– M.R.

Sukhumbhand Paribatra, the Governor of Bangkok, revealed that the general flooding in Bangkok is gravely concerned. Normally, the level of the Chao Phraya River is equivalent to the level of high tide with an inclusion of a constant of approximately 1.30 m.

Therefore with reference to the forecasted level of high tide for today the level at the River could be expected at 2.35 – 2.40 m. which is over the maximum height of the water barrier along the River. Yesterday the level hit the record with the expectation that today the level would be higher than yesterday.

Since high tides are expected at this week so the level of the River could definitely pose certain amount of problems. BMA, hence, instructs those residing along the River and all connecting passages of water from the River to pay extraordinary cautions to the situation and be prepared to move their valuable belongings including electrical outlets to safe locations. For those residing behind the barrier should also take extra precautions as well. It is anticipated that BMA would require more than 10 millions sand bags under this unfortunate circumstance to construct and further strengthen barrier as well as to provide special cares to several places of importance, i.e.

The Siriraj Hospital, the Royal Palaces including the other Palaces.

Thus far several canal and Khlong Prapa have returned to normalcy.

The Lak Si District has been cleared of the flood whereas the Don Mueang District still is being affected. Khlong Tawee Watana recorded a rising level of 12 cm. With more opening at the gate, Khlong Prem Prachakorn still recorded an increase of more than 5 cm. , however, the flood is pushed into Khlong Lad Prao. In coping with future consequences of the inundation, BMA has moved electrical control units of the sluice gates to higher and safe ground.

The Governor cleared the misunderstanding among the public that the District of Bang Plad had not pay adequate attentions resulting in heavy flooding in the area particularly Charan Sanit Wong Road last evening. As a matter of fact the District of Bang Plad has monitored the situation all along very closely but the damaged was done on an old wall of private properties which could only be accessed with difficulty.

So the news reports on this issue were very inaccurate.

The Governor referred to the attempts of BMA in protecting the area where Vibhavadi Road intersecting with Khlong Rangsit with the construction of sand bag barrier which now with  unfortunate could not stop influx of the flood. BMA therefore further attempts by constructing  new line of barriers at Khlong Song, Chandharubeksa Road, the Air Forces Headquarters and another connecting segment of the Vibhavadi Road to allow an access to the Flood Relief Operation Center.

The Governor admired and was pleased with the decision of the Prime Minister in keeping the Center at the present site even it has been threatening with the approach of the flood. Moreover, BMA in cooperation with the Department of Highways will today reinforce the existing barrier of the Sai Mai Road. Rom Klao Road, and King Khaew Road of which some spots need to be reinforced to attain the height of 3.00 m. M.R.

Sukhumbhand Paribatra stressed that since the beginning of the mishap all personnel of BMA have worked very hard and put the most of their efforts to relief the hardship of people of Bangkok with strong determination and intention of lessening burdens being experienced by the people. But it is very discouraging and detrimental to the devotion of the BMA personnel when their efforts and operations are hampered by certain groups of people. It could be very well understood if the opposing to the operations, i.e. construction and reinforcement of barriers, control of flood via opening of sluice gates to certain extents, etc., are well intended and supported with rational. However, if those opposing based on personal rational and political as well as impartial opinions, the Governor believes that general public would not be able to accept those opposing.

Therefore, at this critical moment amidst unfortunate circumstances general public should be cooperative and provide lending efforts to BMA and also other government agencies.  BMA will apply all efforts in providing supports to its personnel.

Those affected by the inundation and strive to report to work have always been admired and praised, meanwhile those affected and not report to works will not be recorded as absentees.

Time : 11.00 a.m.

BANGKOK FLOODS: PM Issues disaster warning for Bangkok

Thailand’s Prime Minister today announced that Bangkok faced a looming disaster as she consolidated special powers for flood control and drainage.

The 2007 Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act was put into place take responsibility for mana gement of the flooding, just short of declaring a state of emergency. Under her control, the priority for managing the floods is to speed up the drainage into the sea via the east of the capital.

The government is also set to coordinate its efforts with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to operate all sluice gates in and around the capital, effectively taking full control of the waterways in the city.

The armed forces would also be responsible for maintaining and defending dykes and levees set up to stem the flow of floodwaters.

The military will play a key role in defending important points of infrastructure, including Bangkok’s airports – Don Muang and Suvarnabhumi around the Grand Palace and Siriraj Hospital, and the city’s tap water system.

The Ministry of Transport would be responsible for ensuring a smooth flow of traffic throughout the capital, and other agencies would also be involved in the setting up and plans shelters and arranging evacuations`

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