A Buddhist monk walks through floodwater on a street at a temple in Ayutthaya province, on October 7, 2011. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)
A lot has been happening in Thailand! One of the main issues has been flooding. 60 of the 72 provinces are flooded. (60 จังหวัดมีน้ำท่วมอยู่แล้ว) It has been the worst it has been in 10 years. I am safe and dry here in the center of Phuket Island, but I cannot say that is the case for many other parts of the country. Places up north have been having high flood waters, in some places 12 -15 feet! It has really put a toll on the country, but it has also brought a unity as well. Instead of political debates and rallies, it has instead been to help the flood victims. There are many places around where you can donate and collect non-perishable food items, clothes and money to help the cause.
On the hill to Patong
We have seen some issues of mudslides here (in Phuket) and many of the power poles falling, causing all of the telephone wires to be on the ground or hanging waiting for someone to fix them.
We have not seen much rain in about a week here, and it has helped tremendously. Whenever it does rain, it instantly floods because of a few reasons. One, they have over-developed Patong, and that has eliminated some of the natural drainage system. Another, the ground is so saturated right now, that the second it rains, it cannot absorb anymore water and floods. Patong is where I travel to do ministry (teach English and do night ministry in the bars). This has given me more time to catch up with lesson planning and stuff at the SHE Centre, but there was about a 2 weeks where I did not go into Patong to do ministry.
Below are some more pictures:
This aerial picture shows an under-construction temple surrounded by floodwater outside the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, on October 11, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
A “reclining Buddha” inundated with floodwaters on October 10, 2011 at an ancient temple — one of a number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ayutthaya province. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)
Buddhist monks are evacuated on a pickup truck on a flooded street in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand on October 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)
Flooded houses outside Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, on October 11, 2011.
A railroad track hangs in mid-air after a flash flood caused by heavy rain swept away the ground in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, on August 26, 2011. (AP Photo/Wichai Taprieu)
Flooded Chaiwattanaram Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site, in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok on October 11, 2011. (Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images)
An elephant helps people moving their belongings through a flooded area in Ayutthaya province, on October 8, 2011. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)
A disabled man waits for assistance to cross a flooded street in the town of Sena, Thailand, on September 13, 2011. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)
A soldier looks through the window of a helicopter over a flooded area in Ayutthaya province, on October 10, 2011. (Reuters/Sukree Sukplang)
Men herd cows through floodwater outside Ayutthaya, north of Bangkok, on October 11, 2011.
A Thai soldier carries a Buddhist monk evacuated from a hospital as floods continue to inundate Ayutthaya province, north of the capital Bangkok, on October 10, 2011.