» 11/16/2011, 00.00
Flood situation improving in Bangkok as Caritas brings aid to victims
Water levels continue to drop. In “two weeks”, main streets and communication links should be clean. Catholic Church shares aid with Buddhist communities affected by floods. PM Shinawatra meets UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Bangkok still on flood alert, as class action is prepared against govt
Almost 10 billion cubic metres of water could swamp Bangkok’s central districts by mid-November. Plans for funnelling out the water are being implemented. Lawyers prepare to file a lawsuit against the government. The prime minister dismisses calls for her resignation. Many now fear contamination of water supplies.
Entire Bangkok neighbourhoods evacuated but for Caritas president, hope born from emergency
The northern and western sectors of the city are under extreme pressure. The authorities order the evacuation of entire areas under water. Alarm is sounded over contaminated drinking water and garbage removal. For Phibun Visitnonthachai, the crisis brings out the values of faith, looking at Christ as an “example and teaching”.
Thai Church providing aid to flood vicitms
Bishops, priests, nuns and lay people are collecting and handing out food, water purifiers and camping material. The population is stressed out but examples of solidarity abound without distinction of creed or wealth. Manufacturing loses billions of dollars as 1.4 million hectares of farmland is wiped out.
Thai floods threaten drinking water and power supplies
The authorities announce progress in diverting water away from the capital. The main goal remains to avoid flooding in the city’s commercial hub. Industry could suffer US$ 3 billion in losses. Growth forecast is reviewed downward. Small business will suffer, PIME priest says.
Jakarta: waters recede but flood risk remains high
After five days of rain, the city is returning to normal but hundreds of people are still sitting on the roofs of their homes, waiting for aid to reach them. Around 430,000 people have been displaced.
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