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Mounting Crisis: One-Third of Thailand Now Under Water

flooded petrol station at Bang Phlat
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Men move their television and belongings at a flooded petrol station at Bang Phlat district in Bangkok October 25, 2011.

Thailand announced a five-day holiday on Tuesday to give people the chance to escape floods closing in on Bangkok as authorities ordered the evacuation of a housing estate on the outskirts of the city after a protective wall gave way.

The cabinet declared October 27-31 a holiday in Bangkok and 20 provinces affected by the country's worst flooding in 50 years as weekend high tides in the Gulf of Thailand could complicate efforts to divert water away from the low-lying capital.

The floods have forced the closure of seven industrial estates in Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani provinces bordering Bangkok, causing billions of dollars of damage, disrupting supply chains for industry and putting about 650,000 people temporarily out of work.

The cabinet announced a 325 billion baht budget on Tuesday to help rebuild the country, mostly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), small vendors and individuals.

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Thailand Prime Mininister assumes emergency powers as scope of flooding disaster widens

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Prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra answers reporters' questions at Flood Relief Operations Command (Froc) at Don Mueang Airport.
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Friday assumed powers under the natural disaster law giving her full authority to implement a nationwide disaster relief plan.

Invoking the provisions of the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act (2007) gives the prime minister full authority over state officials around the country. Those who refuse to follow orders can be prosecuted for negligence of duty. The prime minister becomes director of the relief operation.

Ms Yingluck said the move was necessary to streamline relief operations.

She has ordered the Defence Ministry and the army to oversee and protect key places including the Grand Palace, other palaces, Siriraj Hospital, flood barrier lines, utilities providers, and Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.

The government has struggled to channel the massive amount of water that has caused widespread flooding in the country's Central Plains, around the outskirts of Bangkok.

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Thai PM says floods costs to top $3.3bn, death toll reaches 300

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Three months of heavy rains have deluged about one third of Thailand's provinces
The Thai premier on Monday said reconstruction from massive floods swamping vast swathes of the country is expected to cost the government over $3.3 billion -- a fifth more than previously estimated.

Fears for the capital Bangkok appeared to have eased as authorities battled to contain Thailand's worst flooding in decades, which has claimed over 300 lives, swallowed homes and shut down industry.

But Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra warned: "The original budget to support the recovery of both the industrial and agricultural sectors is not likely to be enough."

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Residents Evacuate From Thai Floodwaters

The Thailand government is diverting floodwaters to protect Bangkok's inner city.

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Bangkok braced for devastating floods

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A woman gestures towards passing boats as her dog stands on a fence in flooded Pathum Thani province
Anxiety and uncertainty seized Thailand's low-lying capital on Friday as residents waited apprehensively to find out if their city would be swamped by the rising flood waters that have shut factories and devastated rice crops across a swath of the country.

Conflicting official information sowed the seeds of doubt about the risk faced by city of 12 million as troops and an army volunteers rushed to shore up sandbag barriers crumbling under the deluge lapping at the periphery of the metropolis.

Stocks of food and bottled water have started to run low.

Panicked residents left bare supermarket shelves in buying sprees and trucks had difficulty making deliveries from outlying areas of the city.

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Hurricane Jova swamps Mexican towns, slides feared inland

Hurricane Jova flooded the streets of Mexico's main Pacific port with torrential rain Wednesday, and inundated several popular beach resorts along the coast.

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Jova swamp a main intersection in Villa de las Garzas, Mexico, on Wednesday.
Streets in the port city of Manzanillo were underwater, communities along the coast were flooded and roads were blocked due to fallen trees and washouts after Jova hit the coast as a Category Two storm late Tuesday.

Highways leading northwest from Manzanillo along the coast were closed and the beach towns of Zihuatlan, Melaque and Barra de Navidad were swamped with floodwaters, according to the Red Cross. However, there were no reports of injuries or deaths.

"The streets of Manzanillo are impassable, as are the highways connecting Manzanillo with the south of Jalisco," national Red Cross coordinator Isaac Oxenhaut said.

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Philippines: Rain-induced floods hit Misamis Oriental

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Misamis Oriental
Some areas in Misamis Oriental went under knee-deep floods as Tropical Depression "Ramon" started pounding Mindanao provinces with heavy rains.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said that based on reports from its regional office in Caraga, zones 1, 2, 3 and 28 and Barangay Amoros in El Salvador city have been submerged in floodwaters since 5 a.m. today.

The NDRRMC added that barangays Igpit and Malanang in Opol town are experiencing knee-deep floods. Areas in Cagayan de Oro City were also flooded.

The agency said that flooding in Misamis Oriental is caused by the overflowing of Agusan River due to rains brought on by Tropical Depression Ramon.

It said that at least 74 families have been evacuated to higher ground in Barangay Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City and 150 more families were evacuated from Barangay Amoros.

The NDRRMC added that residents of Barangay Bulua and Sitio Calacala in Barangay Macasandig, both in Cagayan de Oro City have also been alerted and prepared for evacuation as the water level in Cagayan de Oro River has started to rise due to continuous rains.

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Hurricane Jova bears down on southwest Mexican coast

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5 day forecast for Hurricane Jova from NOAA.gov
Hurricane Jova bore down on southwest Mexico Tuesday, prompting warnings along the coast, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said.

Jova, a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, was about 150 miles southwest of Manzanillo and about 200 miles south of Cabo Corrientes, heading north-northeast at 6 mph, the center said in its 5 a.m. EDT advisory.

A hurricane warning was in effect from Punta San Telmo north to Cabo Corrientes. A tropical storm warning was posted for Lazaro Cardenas north to south of Punta San Telmo and north of Cabo Corrientes to El Roblito.

On its current track, the center of Jova was expected to be near the coast in the hurricane warning area Tuesday afternoon or evening, the center said.

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Turkey: Five missing, three killed in raging floods in west

Continuing heavy rain in western and southwestern provinces of Turkey causes deaths of three people while five are reported to be missing. Another 10 people in Balıkesir province are wounded due to a hurricane.

Three people were killed and five were missing after raging floods in the southwestern provinces of Manisa, Antalya and Denizli yesterday caused significant damage and broke off lines of communication and transportation.

1000 decares of land was damaged in in Antalya’s Serik district due to continuing rain in the city. Agricultural fields were also reported to be damaged.
Rescue crews were searching for Hasan Bulut, Hulusi Kutlu, Fatma Kutlu, Süleyman Çelik and Meryem Çelik from the village of Haskızılören in the Mediterranean province of Antalya. Helicopters were dropping food supplies into the village as road access had been broken off when three bridges collapsed in the area.


Tourists warned as floods continue to wreak havoc in Thailand

Bangkok braces for floodwaters following word from officials that the worst yet to come

Bangkok is bracing for the worst flooding it's seen in decades as waters from the flooded central plains continue to rush in.

Rising water levels on the Chao Phraya river and city canals have left some riverside restaurants, shops and homes submerged, while public piers are covered in makeshift platforms and sandbags to keep ferry passengers dry.
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A Thai employee of a riverside restaurant sits idle on a stool as water from the Chao Phraya River floods low-lying areas of Bangkok.
For now, major city tourist areas such as Sukhumvit Road, Khao San Road and Silom are unaffected by the floods.

Thailand's Flood Relief Operations Command (FROC) says the critical dates are October 14-16, as a high spring tide will prevent the Chao Phraya River from draining into the sea, leaving Bangkok and its surrounds fighting to keep waters from flooding the city.

For a graph outlining the city's flood risk areas, check out this Bangkok Post article. The United States Embassy in Thailand has also issued an emergency message to U.S. citizens via its website.