16 Oct '11, 9pm

Good op-ed by Pavin entitled "Thai floods a reflection of crisis of leadership?"

Thailand is drowning in what are believed to be the worst floods in more than half a century. The north and the central plains have by now been submerged in water, in places as high as two metres. The Yingluck Shinawatra government is attempting to protect Bangkok from the raging floods - officials have been rushing to reinforce barriers and widen canals. But her attempts may have come a little too late. Bangkok's suburbs are fast being submerged. Without an emergency plan, downtown Bangkok could experience a similar catastrophe within days. The deluge swept across the country from as early as late July. But it reached a crisis level early this month when Ayutthaya, Thailand's old capital and centre of key manufacturing plants, was heavily flooded. Factories owned by foreign conglomerates such as Honda, Nikon and Canon were forced to halt operations. So far, almost 300 peo...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Commentary/EDC111017-0000089/T...

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