Thailand is reeling from a series of natural disasters. Earthquakes, Floods, Drought and unseasonal Cold Weather are testing Thailand’s resources to the limit.
Parts of the South of Thailand, which has many of Thailand’s major holiday resorts,are now under water with severe flooding caused by several days of heavy rainfall. Many tourists are stranded on the island Koh Samui with all flights suspended and ferry services stopped. Rail services in the South have also been severely disrupted. In some parts of the South, flood waters have risen to 3 meters. Meanwhile in Thailand’s North East, there is a severe drought and in Northern Thailand, temperatures have fallen to as low as 5°C at Doi Inthanon near Chiang Mai.
The Year of the Rabbit, which was expected to usher in a period of calm and tranquility after the tempestuous Year of the Tiger, has started disastrously for Thailand. 2011 is threatening to turn the “Land of Smiles” into the “Country of grin and bear It” with the only good news being that Thailand has no active volcanoes, at least not yet.