Piles of garbage grow in the residential areas as the flood waters recede and residents return to their flood ravaged houses. Thailand. 28th November 2011
Piles of garbage grow in the residential areas as the flood waters recede and residents return to their flood ravaged houses. Access roads are heavily congested as residents return to previously flooded housing. Many houses are still surrounded by water so vehicles park on main roads as the residents wade back to their houses to clean out the mess left behind by the flood. Flood waters leave behind 2"- 6" of stinking green mud that dries in the tropical heat turning into grey dust that covers everything. Garbage is everywhere piling up waiting to be collected. Abandoned dogs scavenge through the waste eating left over food. Many Thai's feed the stray dogs so no animals are left to starve.
MDF furniture has had a hard time with the floods, soaking up the water and turning into useless crumbling piles of mush and plastic.
The government has offered residents 5000Tbt ( about US$150) compensation to help but the real cost is many times that as houses inundated by up to 2m of water have been badly damaged many people loosing large items of furniture that couldn't be moved up out of harms way.
Roads have been badly damaged by the heavy vehicles used for transport through the deep floods, potholes being the main danger now. Large holes on the main roads have appeared, big enough to seriously damage a vehicle if hit at any sort of speed. Driving has become a new experience as all the road rules have gone, it's a case of go where you can but watch out for parked vehicles or even tents on the roads. Cars travel on both sides of the roads in either direction and motorbikes weave in and out through the water and jammed traffic.