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Thailand: Bangkok floods 2011

Total number of news: 38

date: 25 March 2013
Source(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC)

The tabletop exercise is a good session for all involving parties at community levels such as district and sub-district administration organizations, disaster response and mitiga-tion teams, and community represen-tatives to explore and assess their roles and responsibilities on flood warning dissemination and responses, leading to better understanding and awareness of the early warning system...


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date: 28 January 2013
Source(s): Nation, the; Nation Multimedia

'No more blame game,' Professor Dr Thanawat Jarupongsakul, head of Chulalongkorn University's Unit for Disaster and Land Information Studies, said. 'The next Bangkok governor and the government should work together to solve the problem and cope with flood situations'...


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date: 9 November 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - New York UNHQ Liaison Office (UNISDR NY)

The representative of Japan said the earthquake that rocked the country in March 2011 was one of the five most powerful earthquakes since 1900. Yet, despite the scale of the earthquake, the damage was minimised due to strong building codes and effective early warning systems. Japan therefore wanted to continue sharing the lessons learned in 2011 with the international community...


date: 14 September 2012
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

People living on the Chao Phraya River are preparing for a possible inundation despite government assurances that there will be no repeat of last year's flooding. Residents raise questions about the effectiveness of the government's flood prevention scheme following government's failure to project and prevent flooding in 2011...


date: 19 June 2012
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

'One thing we realized from last year’s flood is that our city’s drainage capacity is not enough,' said Chusit Apirumanekul, a climate information application specialist at the Bangkok-based Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre. 'We need to do something from the lessons that we learned'...


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date: 4 April 2012
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

'The suffering and loss experienced during the floods last year have forced planners to rethink the development strategies they have being pursuing over the past few decades. Blindly aping the West and using foreign methods to tackle Asian floods have resulted in disastrous consequences, writes Said Irandoust,' president of the Asian Institute of Technology...


date: 28 March 2012
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

Despite immense insured losses of USD 116 billion (a 142% increase over the previous year) arising from record earthquake and flood losses, the insurance industry weathered the year well and played a key role in risk management and post-disaster recovery financing...


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date: 12 March 2012
Source(s): Asian Development Bank (ADB)

'Public lenders and private investors cannot continue to channel billions of dollars to massive infrastructure projects without factoring in the realities of warmer temperatures, rising sea levels and more violent storms,' said Bindu Lohani, ADB Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development...


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date: 8 March 2012
Source(s): Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd., the; Mainichi Daily news, the

While both countries have been working together to develop a master plan on flood control measures, Japan offered Thailand the use of a Japanese observation satellite to help avoid a recurrence of the damage caused by the massive flooding of last year...


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date: 6 March 2012
Source(s): Project Syndicate

'As the Hyogo Framework comes to an end, it is important to start thinking now about its replacement, which will guide us through the thicket of risks emerging in the urbanized, interdependent world of the twenty-first century,' writes Margareta Wahlström, Head of UNISDR...


date: 20 February 2012
Source(s): United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

Dr. Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, called for faster implementation of regional and national disaster risk reduction frameworks. 'Hazards become disasters in the absence of development and with inadequate investment in risk reduction'...


date: 4 February 2012
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) City Planning Department has drawn up a 3D city planning map highlighting traffic routes, infrastructure and risk areas for potential property owners and developers...


date: 2 February 2012
Source(s): Nation, the; Nation Multimedia

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has revealed plans to dredge waterways so as to prevent flooding in the near future. 'The Thai public is eager to see concrete flood prevention measures being implemented, regardless of politics or conflict of interest'...


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date: 26 January 2012
Source(s): AsiaOne, Singapore Press Holdings

'There had been no clear guidelines on how to deal with future flooding in Bangkok and the surrounding provinces, and the government had yet to come up with a water resources management proposal,' said Pramote Maiklad, former director-general of the Royal Irrigation Department...


date: 25 January 2012
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

Sirirurg Songsivilai, executive director of the state-run National Nanotechnology Center has acknowledged the importance of using nanotechnology to help flood victims and limit the spread of flood-borne diseases such as malaria...


date: 23 January 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

'I welcome the details of the government’s plan to mitigate future flooding, including a re-forestation programme and improved procedures around the release of water from hydro-electric dams,'said Special Representative Wahlström...


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date: 19 January 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

'If the factories and industrial estates are safe from floods but our staff's homes are submerged, they won't be able to come to work anyway. We need the government to support us'...


date: 19 January 2012
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

According to Apichart, infrastructure such as roads and bridges obstructed natural water flows and sluice gates constructed mainly for irrigation were not efficient as it did not stop the torrent of water from overflowing...


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date: 18 January 2012
Source(s): Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED); United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

According to new statistics published by CRED and UNISDR, 302 human impact disasters inflicted record economic damages of $366 billion in 2011. Major disasters occurred in high and middle-income countries, including Brazil, New Zealand, Japan, USA, Thailand, Turkey and the Philippines. 'Unless we prepare for the worst then many earthquake-prone urban areas around the world are destined to see even greater loss of life'...


date: 15 January 2012
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

'It's impossible to prevent flooding, even if you have floodways, new retention areas or new reservoirs.' 'We can never say that flooding will not occur, nor that it will not have an impact if we have those measures'...


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date: 14 January 2012
Source(s): Economist, the

While the world has succeeded in making 'natural' disasters less deadly, through better early-warning systems for tsunamis, better public information about evacuation plans, tougher building codes in quake-prone areas and so on, their economic cost is rising...


date: 6 January 2012
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

The Bangkok Post suggests that Thailand should learn from past lessons by ensuring that an effective early warning system is in place as well as adopting a political decentralisation...


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date: 5 January 2012
Source(s): Free Malaysia Today

Bangkok's experiences with the floods could serve as an example for Malaysia. 'We have made preparations since even before the situation worsened in Bangkok but what happened there served as a warning to us'...


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date: 4 January 2012
Source(s): Munich Reinsurance Company (Munich Re)

A sequence of devastating earthquakes and a large number of weather-related catastrophes made 2011 the costliest year ever in terms of natural catastrophe losses. 'It is the insurance industry's task to cover extreme losses as well, to help society cope with such events'...


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date: 3 January 2012
Source(s): Nation, the; Nation Multimedia

'Rebuilding tourism is not just putting more effort into marketing and strategy, but also into prevention and rehabilitation,' said Kongkrit Hiranyakit, president for policy and planning at the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT)...


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date: 3 January 2012
Source(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

As Bangkok recovers from the floods, many are concerned that the disaster may be a sign of things to come amid a changing climate. 'In order to mitigate risks associated with the increasing flooding problem, Thai authorities need to continue to invest in flood protection,' said Annette Dixon...


date: 30 December 2011
Source(s): Science and Development Network (SciDevNet)

SciDev.Net editors and columnists summarize the science and technology contributions to the fields of both disaster warning and disaster response in 2011...


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date: 27 December 2011
Source(s): Thomson Reuters

A 350 billion baht budget was approved on Tuesday by Thailand's cabinet for infrastructure and water management aimed at restoring investor confidence and averting a repeat of a recent devastating flood crisis, reports Reuters...


date: 26 December 2011
Source(s): Guardian News and Media Limited

'In the talks in Cancun and Durban, they just talk about reducing greenhouse gases, but the disasters are already here. We should shift the emphasis from mitigation to adaptation,' gov adviser and professor Seree Supratid told the Guardian News. 'Mismanagement and lack of infrastructure' must also be overcome, said Richard Han, CEO of Hana Microelectronics, touching upon the business impact of the recent floods...


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date: 21 December 2011
Source(s): AsiaOne, Singapore Press Holdings

For the first time in Thailand, hundreds of people have taken legal action against relevant authorities and officials. 'The government had the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Act in place but failed to enforce it for the flood-prevention and flood-relief operations'...


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date: 19 December 2011
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

Louis Lebel, director of Chiang Mai University's Unit for Social and Environmental Research, said the government should think about a long-term solution to flooding crises in the next decade ahead, not only in the next flood season...


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date: 15 December 2011
Source(s): Swiss Reinsurance Company (Swiss Re)

'2011 is going down as another year of very tragic and costly earthquakes. Unfortunately earthquake insurance coverage is still quite low, even in some industrialised countries with high seismic risk, like Japan'...


date: 14 December 2011
Source(s): Forbes Media LLC

Technology manufacturers may be thinking more aggressively about ways to hedge what insurance providers refer to as 'pure risk,' or risk that in which a loss is the only possible outcome...


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date: 7 December 2011
Source(s): Bangkok Post; Post Publishing Public Company Limited, the

The Thailand Business Council for Sustainable Development calls for Thai businesses to incorporate natural disaster risks in their risk management plans and for the government to empower a single agency to take charge of natural disasters....


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date: 2 December 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

Adri Verwey, an urban flood specialist from the Netherlands, commented on the flood in Thailand: 'What is needed next is a thorough analysis of what has happened and how such a flood can be prevented in the future.'...


date: 28 November 2011
Source(s): Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

IRIN asked experts what the 3,000 low-lying cities such as Bangkok - which includes its delta neighbours - can do to improve their flood resilience. Find out what they said regarding planning, flood control systems, water resource management and private sector engagement...


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date: 10 November 2011
Source(s): Thomson Reuters Foundation, trust.org (TRF)

AlertNet reports that experts urge Thailand to get prepared for future extreme weather events. The example of Bangladesh could be followed in terms of preparedness. 'Bangladesh offers a good example of a country that has moved from disaster relief to disaster preparedness'...


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date: 3 November 2011
Source(s): FocusTaiwan, Central News Agency (CNA)

'Urban disasters have become serious issues that cities must face, especially as weather patterns are increasing in intensity. There is a real need to rethink our disaster prevention strategy'...