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The Hindu holy town of Kedarnath after a flood in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last week. Pic: AP.

Political controversy envelops Uttarakhand before disaster mitigated

By Tue, Jun 25, 2013 3:00PM UTC 1 Comment The Hindu holy town of Kedarnath after a flood in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand last week. Pic: AP.

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....

The Thai floods and the geographics of perception – Part 2: Certain fear of uncertainty

By Wed, Nov 23, 2011 5:00PM UTC Comments Off The view on Pinklao district from an elevated road on the Western side of the Chao Praya river, one day after the tides reached on all-time high, fully flooding the district on October 30, 2011 (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut)

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 Tue, Nov 22, 2011 6:00PM UTC 6 Comments The view on Pinklao district from an elevated road on the Western side of the Chao Praya river, one day after the tides reached on all-time high, fully flooding the district on October 30, 2011 (Photo by Saksith Saiyasombut)

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...

Thai Floods: Life beyond the ‘Big Bag’ barrier – A photo essay

By Wed, Nov 16, 2011 10:30AM UTC Comments Off A family navigate the Big Bag barrier where it cuts off Paholyothin road near the Royal Air Force gardens, in Sai Mai area. (Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha)

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...

Thai floods: Families flee outskirts of Bangkok – A photo essay

By Sun, Oct 23, 2011 4:02PM UTC Comments Off A brother sits beside his sister on a homemade raft.  (Photo by Ryan Van Velzer)

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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