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Mapping the Thailand Flooding Disaster

As of the time of writing, 252 people have already died in Thailand due to more than two months of heavy rains. Many parts of Bangkok, the country’s capital, are already submerged in floodwaters.
Online maps have been created to monitor the floods and inform the public on the extent of the flooding disaster.
Bangkok flood. From twitter user @khunknow
Bangkok flood. From twitter user @khunknow
The Thailand Flood Map highlights the areas which are 'severely affected, ‘critical', and ‘affected' by the floods:
Thai Flood Map
Thai Flood Map
Below is the government’s Thailand Flood Monitoring System:
Thai government flood monitoring
Thai government flood monitoring
The Water Measurement System monitors the water level in canals and rivers:
Water Measurement System
Water Measurement System
The Highway Department identifies the flooded roads. In the map below a red car means the road is flooded and impassable, a green car means the road is flooded but passable with care and a blue line refers to road diversions:

A Brahman water-lowering ceremony was organized by the government to beg to Kang Ka, the River Goddess, to lower the flood in Bangkok rapidly. Hotline numbers are being posted online to help flood victims and the Red Cross is accepting donations to help Thailand.
Richard Barrow gives the situation in Bangkok:
Despite the flood prevention wall, more than 1,200 families in 27 communities outside the flood walls along the Chao Phraya River, the Bangkok Noi Canal and the Maha Sawat Canal are still at risk.
I think there will only be limited flooding in certain areas for short periods of time. They have done a lot more in recent years to protect Bangkok from the floods. We were expecting bad things last year but it wasn’t so bad in the end. The rest of the country is a different story of course.
Empty shelves in a store during flooding. From twitter user @icetimicetim
Empty shelves in a store during flooding. From twitter user @icetimicetim
The #thaiflood twitter hashtag has been very active in the past few days:
@tumbler_p: Heard that some of Bkk's so-called ‘mega tunnels' designed to drain flood water are out of operation. Don't tell me they're dummy tunnels..
@freakingcat: Strongest rainfall in many months - Bangkok drowns
@bamboohuts: Our deepest condolences to the victims of #thaiflood. we hope that this crisis will pass very soon with minimal amount of damages.
@TheLilyfish: Amazing how people of Ayutthaya are so upbeat and friendly despite being under 3 metres of water…
Sandbags against rising water level. From twitter user @khunknow
Sandbags against rising water level. From twitter user @khunknow
@alexandrachua: RT @Vvanessaaaa: Thailand has 77 provinces but 55 are flooded while the others are waiting for fate.
@ChaiyaBenz: Flooding in Khon Kaen is getting serious too. The water is grow-up from Nampong River! Help!! #Thaiflood
@thai_intel: reports says many thai shopping centers are offering free parking so flooded out car owners can keep them safe
@tulsathit: Floods crippling over 1,200 factories nationwide, affecting 41,000 workers. Govt's called on the factories to hold on and not lay off labour

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