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Flooding in Thailand and Asia – more misery on the way as monsoon season hits the region

As the monsoon season begins to wreak havoc in communities across Asia including Thailand, Thai Rath ran a feature about one of the biggest problems facing this part of the world.

They based their report on a CNN story that pointed to an increasingly grim picture especially for communities at high risk in Asia.

Floods, landslides, typhoons, cyclones and depressions have always plagued communities from India to China, Afghanistan to Japan and the problem of heavy rains is always paramount in Thailand as much as anywhere else.

Thai Rath said that 137 million people living in India, China and Bangladesh were living in high risk areas in coastal deltas or other places.

CNN reported that 2.2 million Asian people had been killed by floods and related disasters in the last 67 years alone. Apart from the loss of life the economic impact of rains and flooding is immense, they said.

But despite the wealth of many people in the region increasing the situation is only set to get worse.

CNN quoted an influential environmentalist from Australia who expects 20% more rain in the entire region over the next 30 years due to climate change.

Already the Asia wide average rainfall is a meter of rain a year.

The feature came as much of the north east was under water with local media reporting thousands affected in Thailand from the impact of a tropical depression in the area.

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