Destructive Flooding Puts Southeast Asia at Risk



Nakhon Ratchasima, a city (thesaban nakhon) in the north-east (Isan) of Thailand and gateway to Isan


Sixty of Thailand's seventy seven provinces have been affected by floods and mudslides over the past two months. Thirty provinces are currently curtently deluged and Chiang Mai, one of the largest cities was being prepared for evacuation (at the time of this writing).





Unmanned island in Central Visayas, Philippines




In southeast Asia, flooding rains from two weeks ago continued into this past week across, causing flooding along the northern Vietnam coast, and areas westward into Laos. Lighter rainfall has benefited the rest of Vietnam, Laos and into northern Cambodia. Lighter, but consistent rainfall has continued across Thailand and Burma.



Rice vendor in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, the world's second largest rice exporter after Thailand



Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Phong Nha-Kẻ Bàng) is a national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Bố Trạch and Minh Hóa districts of central Quảng Bình Province in the North Central Coast region, about 500 km south of Hanoi


Many rice crops in low-lying areas were flooded in Vietnam.



Laos



Cambodia


Cambodia and eastern Thailand prepared for major floods and officials warned residents in some areas to move to higher ground along with their livestock.



The night bazaar in Chiang Mai, Thailand


In Thailand, flooding was reported in the night bazaar in the northern town of Chiang Mai, popular with tourists.



Mekong river, Vietnam


In Vietnam's southern Mekong delta, around 5,000 hectares of the Delta's third rice crop have been inundated. Dykes and bridges were washed away in places and roads submerged by the muddy deluge.





My first Cơm tấm sườn chả (Grilled pork broken rice) dish, Ho Chi Minh City



Rice vendor in Chiang Mai, Thailand




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