2011 Southern Thailand floods

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2011 Thai floods
Date 23 March 2011  ongoing[1][2]
Location Thailand
Deaths 53[3]
Property damage At least $500 million (USD)[4]

The 2011 Thai floods occurred at the end of March 2011, normally the latter part of the dry season (Thai: ฤดูแล้ง reutdu lang or หน้าแล้ง nah lang) in tropical Thailand. Heavy rain fell in the southern region, with over 120 centimetres (47 in) of rain falling in certain areas.[5]

Impact[edit]

At least 53 people have died and almost nine million people have been affected by the floods after localized heavy rains[3] The flooding has affected 50 of Thailand's 76 provinces.[6] Close to 160,000 ha (400,000 acres) of land have been submerged.[2] Around 5,000 households have been evacuated,[7] in addition to hundreds of tourists. Nakhon Si Thammarat Province has been worst-affected, and a state of emergency was declared in several provinces.[8]

Causes[edit]

The floods hit during a typically dry season, and were triggered when a record cold wave moved south from East Asia and produced persistent flooding in combination with near-normal sea surface temperatures, still warm enough to support strong convectional precipitation.[9] However, Thailand's Deputy Chief Negotiator for the UNFCCC stated that the floods were likely caused by climate change, as over 2,200 mm (87 in) of rain had fallen in parts of Southern Thailand for the four months leading up to the beginning of April while the year of 2010 saw a total of 270 cm (110 in).[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reporters, Post (27 March 2011). "Five southern provinces flooded". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Muhammad, Jamaluddin. "Death Toll in Thailand Floods Reaches 41". Bernama – Malaysian National News Agency. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/tourism/230481/floods-receding-death-toll-53
  4. ^ Kate, Daniel Ten; Suttinee Yuvejwattana (31 March 2011). "Southern Thai Storms Ease as Flooding Death Toll Climbs to 21". Bloomberg. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Unseasonal Heavy Rain Floods Thailand". NASA Earth Observatory. 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ AF P, NZHerald (1 April 2011). "Tourists stranded as Thai flood death toll passes 120". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  7. ^ Online News, MCOT (3 April 2011). "Thailand's flood death toll reaches 40". MCOT.NET. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Floods of fury". The Nation. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 6 April 2011. Rescue efforts underway to save survivors of destroyed Krabi village.... 
  9. ^ Masters, Jeffrey. "Torrential rains of 40+ inches deluge Thailand". Jeff Masters' WunderBlog. Weather Underground. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Liu, Ranran (3 April 2011). "Heavy Flooding in Thai South Caused by Climate Change". Cri English. Retrieved 3 April 2011.