Thai floods: Indian woman`s horrific experience

Ashu Khurana cannot forget the force with which flood waters swallowed almost all her belongings.

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2011, 11:27 AM IST

Bangkok: Ashu Khurana, an Indian national,
cannot forget the force with which flood waters entered her
three-storey house here and swallowed almost all her
belongings like furniture and kitchen utensils, leaving her
to wade through knee-high water to flee to safety along with
her husband.

"The waters entered our house suddenly, no warning was
issued by the authorities, we were taken by complete
surprise," Ashu, who lives in the Thapra neighbourhood a few
km outside the central downtown area said.

Ashu, an Art of Living instructor, broke down while
recalling the nightmare that forced her out of her house on
Friday.

She and her husband Mani, a long time resident of
Thailand, have since moved in to a hotel in downtown area.

Most of the houses in her predominantly Thai-Indian
neighbourhood have been affected by the rapidly swirling
waters.

The deluge has claimed 446 lives across the country so
far in the worst ever floods in decades to hit Thailand.
Many key roads have become inundated with flood waters which
have so far escaped seeping into central Bangkok.

Flood waters reached Bangkok`s largest outdoor market of
Chatuchak on Friday.

The country`s worst flooding has been spreading across
Bangkok`s north and west for more than a week, and authorities
have been struggling to protect the city center, home to
hotels, businesses and condominiums with many expatriate
Indians living along the busy Sukhumvit road.

Many expatriate Indian women and children have rushed to
help as volunteers at flood relief centres.

Vibha Kawatara, who runs a chain of Indian restaurants
here, said her daughters Komal and Sonal were helping pack
food packets for flood victims at the relief centres as their
schools were closed due to uncertainty about flooding.

In a bid to divert some of the water in northern Bangkok,
workers have completed a 6-km flood wall made from sand bags.

The floodwaters were also reportedly moving towards Lad
Phrao district.

The floods, caused by unusually heavy monsoon rains, have
destroyed millions of hectares of crops and forced thousands
of factories to close. Food and vegetable prices have soared
while dry food, canned food and water have vanished off
supermarket shelves.

Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who assumed office
only two months back, said a plan would be put before the
Cabinet to allocate USD 3.3 billion for post-flood
reconstruction. "I admit that this task has really exhausted
me, but I will never give up. I just need the public to
understand," she said.

The Suvarnabhumi International Airport is open and not
affected by the floods.

PTI