Flooding

As you all know parts of Bangkok are flooded which means that school has been closed for safety reasons.  To connect your learning with what is going on right outside your window you are expected to observe what is going on around you and in the country at the moment, respond to the questions below and gather evidence of your findings.

You may choose to…

  • write notes
  • conduct interviews
  • collect data
  • watch the news or read news online
  • take photographs
  • make videos
  • take action
  • discuss with your family
  • or anything else you can think of that will help you understand what is happening in Thailand at the moment

Questions:

 

Why is Thailand flooding?

What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes? How will it impact animals? How will it impact plants?

If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

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  1. madhav
    October 20, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Thailand is flooding because it has been raining for a month , so the water builds up until it is about 3 meters high. This could really affect the experiment because lots of trees will be flooded, farms are flooded and even lots of animals are dying. Plants will die because it has suck on to much water and it is under water so it will hardly have any sunlight. If the flood continue for 5 days then there will be lots of chaos because the water will be crazy high, and all the plants will die, farms so then some people will starve to to death, some people will drown and some people will die because of they do not have water and shelter.

    My family has packed a lot of food and water for the flood because if the flood comes you cannot go any where. We packed easy food to make like food in a can or ether mama noddles. We had to hurry to get the food because lots of people are also buying food and water in case of the flood. The situation of the flood is bad right now because walls and sandbags that the government put are over flowing or getting destroyed.

    By madhav 👿 😳

    • madhav
      October 20, 2011 at 11:16 am

      I will add on if I find more information about the flood

      • Madhav
        October 24, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        They are many crocodiles that have been released to the flood waters. And they have been some crocodiles sightings recently. They are lots of people that are trying to save their cats and dogs so they are caring them around in the flood waters, I saw this in channel 3. And for the bad news over 2 million chickens have been killed during this flood because the flood water was really high so they could not breath. The flood waters hit tons of farms.

        By madhav

        • Hannah
          October 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

          I heard that crocodiles have escaped too, and I heard that 1000 THB for each crocodile.

  2. Zola
    October 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I was thinking of watching the news.

  3. Zola
    October 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Why is Thailand flooding?

    Because of the pipes and the pollution around us in Bangkok.

    What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

    In Nichida people had to be evacuated from their homes. Schools have shut down people can’t ride the klong boat

    What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes?
    That everybody will be a lot more healthier schools will open. People can move back to their house. People can go on the klong boat.

    How will it impact animals?

    Animals that can’t swim will drown. You won’t be able to walk your dog the fish will eat plastic. I heard that 100 crocodiles broke free in Thailand because of the floods.

    How will it impact plants?

    Some plants will die because it is not a water plant. Plants will get to much water so they will die.

    If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

    Maybe it would start flood in closer in the city. Maybe we wouldn’t be able to walk on the streets. I think School would be closed even longer.

    My mum is out buying the last things for the flood. PS if their will be

    • Zola
      October 20, 2011 at 3:00 pm

      I wanna add something for the first question.

      Why is Thailand flooding?

      Because it has rained a lot more these last few months.

      I wanna also add something for the second Q.

      What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

      Fields have been destroyed and and crop fields.

      This is a link that shows how people have been affected by the floods.

      What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes?

      There will be dirt and garbage all over the streets the pipes would have been broken so poop and urine would be around us. Their would be maybe some diseases.

      If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

      People would get hold of food a lot more crops would be destroyed places were it is already flooded would be more flooded people wouldn’t be able to go to work. Or children wouldn’t be able to go to school.

      I will maybe add some more info

      • Mr. Sam
        October 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

        Hey Zola, well done adding the extra information. Your knowledge is much wider now. However, that video clip is from 2010 – can you find something from this year?

  4. Stefan
    October 20, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I think Thailand is flooding because of all the rain we have been experiencing. When it rains too much the rivers, lakes and dames will over flow

    I think that this could really effect the environment because the dry land animals and trees/plants can/will drown.

    When the water recedes.

    The rubbish, dead animals and debris will be left behind. Also when the water recedes and and the land dries up all the water animals such as snakes, fish and crabs will be left on the dry.

    If the flood’ continue.

    More people will die, more houses will be destroyed and food and clean water will an issue.

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Many of you are saying that there has been more rain this year. can anybody find out why it has rained so much this year?

  5. daniel :)
    October 20, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I think Thailand is flooding because of all thee rain that has been going on. When it rains for a long time the rivers over flows and seeps through the dams. This flood could destroy the environment like trees, plants, harvests and animals. If the floods go away quickly all the fish swimming in the flood will die. If the the flood does keeps going on a lot of Thailand will be destroyed.

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Wouldn’t the rain just flow out to the sea if there were no dams? Could the dams be the problem?

  6. Vin
    October 20, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    I think Thailand is flooding because there have been heavy rain, storms and typhoons throughout South-east Asia. It affected everything,from life and health to the economy of south-east Asia. the flooding and waters stopped many people from doing their jobs, so they couldn’t earn’t their average amount of money. I will try to find out more about this.

    My family also bought more food and packed our things to our higher floors, because we live in a house and right next to the klong.

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm

      Is your house still OK?

      I’d love to know more about the economic impact if you can get more information.

  7. October 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Hi 6SS,

    This is all the information I found about the flooding:

    – Journey through Thailand and you’ll notice shimmering photovoltaic panels laid out in neat rows across the countryside, soaking up sun and producing electricity that feeds into the national public utility grid. These are solar farms, and they’re quickly sprouting up across the country. By 2020, the Thai government forecasts that 20 percent of the country’s energy production will come from renewable resources, including 500 megawatts of solar. For a developing nation, these are ambitious goals.

    – Emergency workers in northern Thailand have been clearing away debris in the search for victims of Saturday’s devastating floods, which are so far known to have claimed almost 70 lives.

    At first I thought it was the sound of lightning

    Villager
    Dozens of people are still listed as missing, after flash floods and landslides swept away a number of villages in the province of Phetchabun, 300 km (186 miles) north of the capital, Bangkok, before dawn as inhabitants slept.

    Local authorities said that though water levels had now receded relief work was being hampered by debris which had swept down mountainsides.

    In recent days there has been widespread flooding across Thailand’s north and east, forcing the closure of schools and the evacuation of several villages.

    Flash floods are common during the rainy season from June to October, but correspondents say the situation has been made worse by the effects of massive deforestation.

    The unseasonably wet weather has been caused by Typhoon Usagi, which has left tens of thousands of people homeless and at least three dead in neighbouring Vietnam.

    ‘Elephant’s scream’

    The authorities in Phetchabun’s Lom Sak district said flood waters and mudslides from the Khor mountain hit seven villages situated in the valley below at about 0400 local time (2100 GMT).

    Prime Minister Shinawatra surveyed the devastation

    Local residents said they heard sounds “like an elephant screaming”.

    “At first I thought it was the sound of lightning,” villager Buapha Sanguansilpa told the Bangkok Post.

    Emergency services said some of the dead were children as young as two years old.

    “The figure isn’t surprising since the flood came while they were sleeping and was too strong for women and children,” one official said.

    Some 50 houses in the seven villages are thought to have been destroyed.

    Deforestation

    According to a statement from the Interior Ministry’s civil defence department the villages had been submerged under 2 metres (6.5 feet) of water.

    The rainy season in Thailand lasts from June to October and floods are an annual problem.

    In recent years, massive deforestation has eroded the top soil and stripped the vegetation that helps prevent landslides and floods.

    Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, visiting the region on Sunday, said that in future water flow routes would be identified and villages built elsewhere, to prevent a repeat of the devastation.

    – Thai soldiers and civilians worked frantically to shore up sandbag defences on the northern edge of the Bangkok on Tuesday.

    The action came after the city’s governor warned that the threat posed by the worst flooding in Thailand in half a century was not yet past.

    “Every second counts,” said Gov Sukhumbhand Paribatra, saying more than one million more sandbags were needed.

    His warning came despite government confidence the threat was subsiding.

    At least 315 people have been killed and tens of thousands left homeless in the floods, which have inundated two-thirds of the country since July. A third of Thai provinces remain under water, reports suggest.

    Analysts say the floods – which have hit the country’s extensive manufacturing infrastructure – are likely to cut annual economic growth by more than one percentage point, but this could double if Bangkok is badly hit.

    Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and government ministers had expressed confidence that the threat to the capital had peaked but Gov Sukhumbhand – from a rival party – warned that it was still in danger.

    Late on Monday, he said a 6km (3.7-mile) flood wall running along the northern edge of of the city suburbs was vulnerable to massive streams of run-off flowing from provinces north of the city into the Gulf of Thailand, AP news agency reported.

    Navanakorn warning

    He said the wall needed to be reinforced by 50cm (20 inches) by Wednesday night, saying that the central government had promised to supply more sandbags but urging residents to help produce yet more.

    On Monday, the authorities ordered one of Thailand’s oldest and largest industrial estates, Navanakorn, to be evacuated, after floodwaters overwhelmed defences at the site, which houses global manufacturers including Casio, Nestle and Toshiba.

    Officials now say about 10% of the site is under water. Authorities have warned residents in low-lying eastern suburbs of the capital that sluice gates upstream might be opened to spare the site more flooding, AFP news agency reported.

    “It’s necessary to save places of economic significance while sacrificing less important areas,” Justice Minister Pracha Promnog, director of the government’s flood relief centre, said according to AFP.

    Cheers,

    Billy

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

      Hmmm…. a little bit of copy/paste action going on here Billy?

  8. October 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    * Why is Thailand flooding?

    I think Thailand is flooding because the pollution we’ve made caused global warming which lead to abnormal weather. Then it rains heavily for about 2 months in the north of Thailand (Ayutaya, Cheng Mai). After the water level of the river became higher and higher until the water bursts out of the river and caused a flood. I think Thai government spent too much time to fight against the red shirts, so they couldn’t prepare for a natural disaster like this.
    Why is Thailand flooding?

    * What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

    As I mentioned earlier, global warming causes heavy rain which leads to other natural disasters like the flooding and landsliding. For example if the heavy rain hits the mountain it makes the ground loose then it causes a landslide. The flooding makes rice fields ruined and

    * What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes? How will it impact animals? How will it impact plants?

    The flooding makes the rice field ruined and it will take many months to grow rice again. As for animals, they said about 100 crocodiles and snakes fled from their habitat because of the flooding. I think that most of the livestock are dead and gone because even 300 people or more were killed by the flood.

    * If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

    I think the infectious disease will spread among the affected area and also there will be less food to eat and pure water to drink.

    • October 20, 2011 at 2:35 pm

      oops I made a mistake on organizing my comment!

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:15 pm

      This is interesting information. Have there been many landslides in Thailand this year?

  9. October 20, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    But my opinion is it is flooding because it is all due to the weather the wether is cold and it is moist and that is why it is rainning so much. I think that the flooding will clean out the klong which is good but it will kill lots of trees, animals and PEOPLE it will sweap them away and the courent will be so strong that it will pull them under.

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:16 pm

      I hope that doesn’t happen. Flash floods are very dangerous.

  10. Pat
    October 20, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Why is Thailand flooding?: Thailand is flooding because they let water out of a lot of dams and there was a storm at the same time.

    What happened to the environment when the flood came?: What changed was a lot of alligators escaped from the farms but the owner claimed that most of the alligator bites are not fatal (20 captured recording from news).

    What will happen when the water recedes?: What will happen is that the trees might rot because it is wet and damp and for the animals they can come back and have their daily life again it will also have a big effect on Thailand because the factory that got submerged come come back to work again and people will have jobs again.

    What will happen if the flood continues for five more days?: What will happen is that the water may come to bangkok through klong saen saen but it is not coming yet because they are blocking it.

    My family now is in sukhumwit because I live in nonthaburi and where my house was they told us to evacuate to somewhere else, it is not flooded yet but the water in the klong is almost over flowing. I already moved almost very thing to the second floor and put sandbags to stop the water but the only thing that I am worried about is my fish because I couldn’t bring him with me so I had to give him holiday food. So that’s all I know for now.

    See you next week

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:17 pm

      Do you think a lot of these problems were caused by dams?

  11. Pan
    October 21, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Thailand is flooding because the water from the north is coming to hard and fast. Also because rains a lot. Also because the government can’t stop it. People are getting sick because of flooding.(Ill)
    Pan

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      Do you think you might be able to give us some more information?

  12. Gina Choi
    October 21, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Q1=Because there are more rain pouring everyday and the dam broke

    Q2=the environment has changed a lot example=trees broke,no farming,no food etc.

    Q3=I think the water is going to have a high tide and the impact to the plants and animals is that they will suffer a lot example:stray dogs will drown or some might stay on house roofs,flowers will have too much water etc.

    Q4=the environment will die out because there aren’t enough food for the poverty people and the stray cats will drown.

    I think it is very sad that people are suffering and they need lots of help I hope this disaster will finish soon

    I hope you guys will have a good holiday

    Cheers Gina

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:19 pm

      You said that people need help, but how can we help?

      • Gina Choi
        October 22, 2011 at 11:28 am

        I think we can help by donating food,water and life jackets

  13. October 21, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hi

    Why is Thailand flooding?
    Thailand is flooding because it is the rainy season and some dams overflowed.

    What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

    Some rice farms are flooded.The flood broke some trees and damaged some plants.

    What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes? How will it impact animals?How will it impact plants?

    When the water goes away it will take some plants with it. And like Gina said some stray cats and dogs will get hurt or drowned.

    If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

    Homes will get damaged. And people are part of the environment so people will die and or get sick.

    Caitie

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:20 pm

      What kind of sicknesses spread easily when places flood?

      • October 22, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        Hi, Mr. Sam

        I think Bacteria spreads easily in wet conditions. So Bacteria carries many different types of sicknesses such as Typhoid, Flu and stomach sicknesses.

        Caitie

  14. October 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

    1. Why is Thailand flooding?

    The flood began in July with heavy monsoon rains that have affected over two thirds of the country. Rivers, streams and lakes could not hold all of this water to carry it to the sea quickly enough.

    2. What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

    Many people have evacuate from their homes because their homes have been flooded. My dad’s factory is now flooded so he can’t go to work. Farm lands have been covered with water.

    3. What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes?

    I think many people will go back to their usual life. For example, kids will go back to school and people will think it is safe. The landscape will be covered with rubbish. Many things will not be in the right places because they were washed away.
    4. How will it impact animals?

    Wild animals might loose their homes, they might not be able to find food and they might die. I think domestic animals will survive with their owners but many people will lose their homes so that will be a problem for them.
    5. How will it impact plants?

    Many plants will die because they get too much water or the water is polluted.

    6. If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

    Trees might fall down or farmers crops will die. Other plants will die and many animals will die too. Roads,factories and houses will be destroyed.

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:21 pm

      Has there been much damage at your Dad’s factory?

  15. Petanque
    October 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Hi,

    Why is Thailand Flooding?

    I think it is because in this month it rained nearly everyday and like Yuki said we are polluting the world and that can cause global warming.

    What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes? How will it impact animals? How will it impact plants?

    Well all the outdoor plants can get over watered and die, for all the animals like ants and insects they won’t know so they will all get killed. And also big animals can also suffer or animals from the zoo or farms. For example in the crocodile farm 100 of them were taken by the water and if you catch one of them and return it you will earn money. That also happened to many places. One good thing is there are much less cars if you look along the road when you are driving. : )

    If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

    Well if the flooding doesn’t stop for five days the water might go down the drain and the water will rotten and it will be very dirty. All the electricity will be cut and everything.

    Petanque

    • Mr. Sam
      October 21, 2011 at 4:23 pm

      Did you hear about people parking their cars on the highways though?

      • Hannah
        October 30, 2011 at 10:57 am

        When I was driving to Pattaya I saw a lot of cars parked on the highway.

  16. Tamanna
    October 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

    Why is Thailand flooding?

    I think Thailand is flooding because it is raining mostly everyday and it is heavy rain. Rain is poring everywhere and and dams are overflowing everywhere. I also read in Wikipedia that major floods are occurring during 2011 monsoon season in Thailand, most severely in the Chao Phraya river but also in the Mekong river basin.

    What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

    In a video and I saw many things getting destroyed for example trees falling and as Catie said peoples farms and crops are destroyed also peoples shops houses and restraints are really getting destroyed and people are also getting injured.

    what impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes?how will it impact the animal?How will it impact the plants?

    I think the water will take some things away and leave a lot of things but it will all be broken into little little pieces and that could hurt a lot of people. Just like Gina said some stray cats and dogs will get hurt or drown. The water will take some plants away or it will all just die and drown in the water because of the dirty flood water.

    If the flood continues for five days how will the environment be effected?

    I think people would just get sick and die or their houses would get flooded and they won’t have anywhere to go and it would be just all terrible.

    I hope the flood would get over so people could live their normal life.

    These are my evidence of where I researched about flood to do this task:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_Thailand_floods

    Bye have a good holiday!!!

    Tamanna

  17. Mr. Sam
    October 21, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    How could the NIST community help people who have lost so much in the flooding?

  18. Tammy
    October 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Q1: Because its raining everyday and many dams broke
    Q2: There were no trees to absorb water and many people still like to cut trees
    Q3: Its impacts the animals because many farms are flooded and the animals are dying because the water is kind of poison so if the animals stay in the water for a long time they might choke, and it impacts the plants because the plants get too much water.
    Q4: If the flood keeps going for 5 days I think it will affect trees/plants the most because they will get too much water.
    Tammy

  19. October 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Hi everyone!
    I think the flood is happening because the Global Warming is getting worse and it’s raining so much. My dad told me that the flooding places are more like a river now. He says that it’s dirty because now the oil from factories, etc is all mixed up. The plants probably will die because if you absorb too much water, the root can die because it drank too much. I don’t think the flood infected the animals that much because animals actually feel what’s happening before humans and I think they were prepared for it. My dad told me that if it will be longer that 5days it will damage lots of farm things in the country side. In Ayutthaya, he said that all the factories, houses and restaurants are flooded and they are all rowing their boats. He said he know this Korean restaurant there lost all their money. I think the water will be all dirty if it is longer than 5 days and even though the animals are ok, they might not have enough clean water to survive.
    My dad is a journalist and he went to the northern of Bangkok where the flood is happening. Here are some videos my dad took. I put it on YouTube.


    My dad interviewed them but I don’t understand Thai. Can anyone translate for me?


    This is my evidence my dad took these videos. Somebody is with him when he was taking this video so he could send this to Yonhap News.
    This is my dad’s website.
    http://app.yonhapnews.co.kr/YNA/Basic/article/new_search/YIBW_showSearchArticleList.aspx?searchpart=article&searchtext=%uD604%uC601%uBCF5
    It’s Korean. Sorry.

  20. October 23, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Hi Mr.Sam,

    Why is Thailand flooding?

    Thailand is flooding because of heavy monsoon rains for the last 3 months, made worse by seasonal high tide causing the sea water level to go up. Water overflowing the dams and rivers shown in this article:

    http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/262219/moon-river-bursts-banks

    What can you find out about how the natural environment has changed in some places?

    The flood has submerged agricultural, residential and industrial land. Also, wild animals have escaped such as crocodiles like in this video:

    What impact will the flooding have on the environment when the water recedes? How will it impact animals? How will it impact plants?

    When the water recedes, I think that there will be a lot of cleaning up and repair because the flood destroyed animals’ homes and plants. Also, the flood brings in all the garbage and bacteria bad for our health.

    If the flooding continues for five days or longer how will the environment be affected?

    Most things will be damaged, rotten or killed like plants, crops and animals if they’re not saved. Bacteria that comes from the sewers may also grow in the water.

  21. Pat
    November 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Hi I just saw in the news that at one school where it was flooding there were about 10-20 dogs there and one man had to take care of them all and the news said that he used 600 baht per day to take care of the dogs so I calculated it and found out that he used 18 million baht per month to take care of the dogs.

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