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Offline Johnnie F.

Flood deaths caused by recklessness??
« on: October 31, 2010, 04:46:39 AM »
Death toll hits 101 as govt warns against recklessness

The number of people who have died in the floods has risen to 101, as the government warns people to be more careful in the water.


ENTERPRISING: Suchin Seri, 49, fishes in his flooded rice field in tambon Dan Kwian of Non Sung district, Nakhon Ratchasima. Some farmers have resorted to fishing as a way of earning money after their crops were hit by the flooding. Using a home-made spear gun, Mr Suchin said he can make 300 baht a day from the fish, some of which are from flooded fish farms.

Some of the deaths could have been avoided, officials suggested yesterday, as one agency started an inquiry into why so many people have died.

Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanavisit said 90 of the total were found drowned while officials were investigating whether the other 11 died in flood-related incidents.

Chatree Charoencheewakul, secretary-general of the Emergency Medical Institute of Thailand, said most of the deaths were caused by drowning and electric shock. "People should be aware of the dangers of flooding. Many people are careless in the water, despite the fact that they can't swim.

"Some are careless when using electrical equipment or while fishing in the floods," he said.

He said most of the deaths were in areas where flooding is rare, such as Nakhon Ratchasima and Lop Buri.

People in such areas may lack swimming skills. "In some cases, an older brother went to the aid of a younger one, a father tried to help his son and they all drowned," he said.

"This is not a small issue but a national concern. The Disease Control Department and the institute are studying the cause behind the large number of deaths resulting from the floods," he said.

He said the institute will teach Thais how to swim, particularly children.

Playing in the water, fishing, and messing around while drunk are three of the more unusual causes of drowning which have taken the lives of flood victims.

While most of the 94 deaths recorded by the institute as of Friday are attributed to drowning, the causes in some cases relate to accidents caused by carelessness or having too good a time.

Deaths have been recorded in 20 provinces. In Nakhon Ratchasima, for example, where 18 people have died, three are fishing-related deaths - one person fell off a boat, another fell in the water and a third was drowned after his fishing line got tangled around his leg. Two died after suffering muscle cramps, and one while swimming in a weir.

In Nakhon Sawan, where 12 people have died, four were fishing, one death was drinking related and one victim was electrocuted. One person died while collecting morning glory.

In Lop Buri, 11 people have died, including two people whose car was washed away and a third person who drove his motorcycle into a tree. One person was electrocuted after his house was flooded, and another died in a drinking related accident.

In Ayutthaya, seven have died, including a 50-year-old man who was drinking and gambling, and tried to race across a flooded area with his friends as a dare. He drowned. In Buri Ram, where six people have died, a child fell out of a tree into flood waters, two teens drowned in a weir, two children died in a flooded ricefield, and one person died helping his child. In Nonthaburi, where five people died, two died of electrocution, and one child, aged 2, drowned in a flooded area behind his home.

In Kamphaeng Phet, where four have died, three deaths are related to fishing. One person collapsed and fell in the water. In Saraburi, where four people died, a 59-year-old woman drowned after the boat she was on capsized. In Rayong, where two people have died, a man died while swerving to avoid flood waters. He hit a tree. The other victim died when a flood catchment area in a golf course collapsed.

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Offline Baby Farts

Re: Flood deaths caused by recklessness??
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2010, 08:53:32 AM »
You know..this was one year where I actually saw water spouting out of the storm drains.  Although the flooding was inevitable, some of the minor flooding in the streets could have been prevented by clearing the darn drains months ago and not after the floods hit.....It's like "Don't fix the car until it breaks...no preventative maintenance of care."

What surprised me is the lack of media coverage on BBC, CNN, and Fox.  I didn't realize the death toll had climbed that high.  It's tragic.  I guess on the bright side of things, fishing season seems to be open now.  My house doesn't get flooded as it is set about a meter above the soi.  However, the soi was flooded when the rains were heavy and there were catfish swimming up and down the street.  My neighbors were out there trying to catch them.  I couldn't stop laughing.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Flood deaths caused by recklessness??
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2010, 09:11:26 AM »
You should have seen the teenagers wanting to hunt crocodiles here in Non Sung three years ago when about 35 escaped a crocodile farm during the flood. That was just a few kilometers from my house. They were itching for dangerous games.
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