Bangkok Floods 2011: Living in a parallel universe

The government has literally sacrificed the rest of the country and parts of Bangkok and allowed it to flood, in the hopes of saving the com...

The government has literally sacrificed the rest of the country and parts of Bangkok and allowed it to flood, in the hopes of saving the commercial center of Bangkok where 40% of the Kingdom's GDP resides. Living in here is like living in another dimension, where the devastation wrought by the floods still seem like a distant nightmare.

Living near the commercial center of Bangkok, where it is still dry, is like living in a parallel universe.

Our lives have continued unabated, only punctured by the constant checking of news and Twitter feeds on the iPhone to see where the floods are going, and who is next. We still wake up to the glare of the Bangkok sun, trudge to work, eat out, head to the fitness with a bit of brief shopping in the unusually quiet Paragon department store.

Despite now literally being on the doorstep of the city, the floods still seem like a dream. The floods still feel as if they're something on the other side of the earth, something that you only see reported in the newspapers and TV. Images of the devastation still seem so distant from us, and yet in reality, so close.

As the waters rage down on Bangkok, a result of the devastating power of water and half-a-century of man made abuse and neglect, we can only hope that we will all come out of this untouched.

While we're still dry, while we can hope that the floods won't reach us, for some, it's only a matter of time now before those TV images become too frighteningly real, all too quickly.

Photo credit: Phillip Roeland



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K Bulsuk: Full Speed Ahead: Bangkok Floods 2011: Living in a parallel universe
Bangkok Floods 2011: Living in a parallel universe
K Bulsuk: Full Speed Ahead
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