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 flood. Store shelves are empty. Sandbags sag out in front of houses and stores. Some barricade their stores with bricks and mortar, preparing for the worst.
Meanwhile, about 15 kilometers up the road the flood grows from puddles to waist-deep water in the span of 2 kilometers.
Residents wade through the deluge carrying plastic trash bags filled with family possessions. Many are leaving their homes behind, searching for higher ground. Some bring their pets, swimming alongside them or floating in boats made from plastic tubs.
The relief effort is visible as residents pile sandbags in front of storefronts not yet submerged, families receive supplies in plastic bags from a nearby donation center and military vehicles drive past carrying supplies and volunteers.
Still others take the opportunity to enjoy the newly-formed river. Boys relax on top of the sandbags while their friends swim in the deluge. Men stand on top an overpass casting nets into the water; a cooler of freshly-caught fish beside them. Families sit together making the best of their time while waiting for the water to subside.
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Ryan Van Velzer is a freelance photojournalist based in Bangkok. Follow Ryan on Twitter @Rvanvelz.