More than 42,000 families were affected and some of them displaced by the recent flood in Ubon Ratchathani. As the state disaster compensation has yet to arrive, volunteers are filling in to provide some of the affected with new houses.
Six decades of dam building, from the dawn of the Cold War to the tenure of the latest military junta are proof of the failure of water management in Isaan. It’s time to dismantle the dams and turn to sustainable approaches, writes environmental expert Chainarong Setthachua.
Floods and droughts happen every year, but the Thai government has never addressed the issue with any sort of long-term vision. It’s time to systematically address the problems of flood risk management in the Northeast, writes guest contributor Pattawi Choti-Anan.
Floodwaters have receded from two communities in Khon Kaen. Having lost their rice harvest this season, many farmers are awaiting compensation from the government, worried they will be unable to pay off their agricultural loans. As community members return to their daily lives, many are calling for better dam management.
The Isaan Record12/08/2017
Two communities in Khon Kaen struggle with this year’s flooding. Donations have come in from private organizations and companies, yet many needs remain unaddressed.
The Isaan Record11/14/2017
This is Part 1 in a series telling stories about how community members’ everyday lives have been affected. In the past two weeks, the threat of rising waters has brought uncertainty to the lives of one community in the form of flooded fields, crop failure, and restoration efforts.
The Isaan Record10/24/2017
Rice farmers in the Northeast are struggling to cope as the recent floods destroyed one million rai of rice paddies.