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Thailand’s Flood Disaster

December 14, 2011

After being hit by the worst flooding in half a century, Thailand and its residents are on the long road to recovery. Waters submerged one-third of the country, left nearly 700 dead, and caused millions in economic damage and lost revenue from major industries as waters ground production to a halt in electronic and auto factories. Although floodwaters threatened to devastate Bangkok – the nation’s capital and economic hub – in the end, the central part of the city was spared the worst. However, many nearby communities – some just six miles from central Bangkok – were underwater, and thousands of residents were left homeless. In this slideshow, Asia Foundation photographer Arpaporn Winijkulchai takes us on a journey through a few of these suburbs during some of the worst of the flooding in November 2011.

Slideshow of Thailand's flooded suburbs

Related locations: Thailand
Related programs: Economic Opportunity
Related topics: Thailand Floods

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