Regarding disasters – both manmade and natural ones – there are two presuppositions in India: firstly that government – regardless of the party leading it – underplays the numbers of fatalities and the injured. Secondly – and more significantly – there is scepticism about the intent and extent of government rescue, relief and rehabilitation measures....
By Saksith Saiyasombut This is part two of a two-part series on the discrepancies on reporting the floods and the fear of Bangkokians. In part one yesterday, we explained the process of news-gathering and pointed out possible sources for errors and misjudgments. Today, we explore the possible reasons why people in the capital became suddenly...
The Thai floods and the geographics of perception – Part 1: No water in the Bangkok you’re thinking of!By Saksith Saiyasombut & Siam Voices Tue, Nov 22, 2011 6:00PM UTC 6 Comments
By Saksith Saiyasombut Thailand is currently suffering the what has been often billed as the worst floods “in decades”. And looking at the immense inundated areas, the not yet foreseeable damage and the human suffering with millions of people being affected by this force of nature, it surely is a sobering sight. Even though the...
By Lillian Suwanrumpha As rumours filter in regarding the possibility of 400 Rangsit locals descending upon the “Big Bag” barrier with destruction in mind, many beyond the great divide attempt to carry on with life as normal – if ‘normal’ could in any way be applied to navigating one’s neighbourhood in up to two metres...
By Ryan van Velzer (guest contributor) While residents in Bangkok brace for the flood, those in Rangsit are already dealing with the aftermath as the flood moved south breaking an embankment near Khlong 2 and Pahon Yothin, Friday Oct. 21. Walking along Pahon Yothin road it doesn’t take long to notice the impact of the...
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