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  • Saturday, October 29, 2011

    The latest from flooded Thailand

    Severe flooding that has claimed the lives of over 370 lives in less than three months is now closing in on the capital Bangkok as the authorities struggle to divert as much water as possible around the city and reinforce barriers to keep remaining areas dry.

    But according to Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX, for many areas to the north of the capital it is too late and hundreds of communities there are uninhabitable with flood water more than two or three metres deep in some areas.

    Under water is agricultural land reducing the crop yield, factories causing suspensions or disruptions, and housing. The economic cost is put at $3 billion. The heavy monsoon earlier rain hit Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and the Philippines.

    Amateur radio has been playing an ongoing role in this disaster with operators helping to co-ordinate relief and rescue work using VHF two-way communications and repeaters, HF communications in the 40 metre band (7060-7063 KHz).

    As well there are several Echolink conference rooms, including the "Bangkok", "Thailand" and "HS0AC" conferences. (A list of VHF frequencies and repeaters can be found at the RAST website http://www.qsl.net/rast)

    Via IARU - Read the full Article