Please pray for the people in Thailand as they suffer their worst floods in 50 years.
Here is a Bloomberg excerpt:
Floodwaters have swept across 60 of Thailand’s 77 provinces over the past two months, swamping factories operated by Honda Motor Co. and Canon Inc. and destroying more than 10 percent of the nation’s rice farms. The finance ministry yesterday cut its forecast for economic growth to 3.7 percent from 4 percent and said the disaster may cost 120 billion baht ($3.9 billion).
Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra yesterday urged officials to complete work on three additional flood barriers and five more canals over the next week days to drain water from the capital before high tides peak on Oct. 17.
“The government will do its best to protect the city, but we can only build the barrier,” said Kittiratt, who last week described the deluge as the worst in at least 50 years. “If the water level exceeds the barrier, there is a chance the inner part of Bangkok will be flooded.”
“We are afraid Bangkok may be flooded” when high tides peak on Oct. 17,Oct. 16 through Oct. 18 is the highest risk period for Bangkok, with low-lying areas near Suvarnabhumi airport and communities next to the river and canals the most vulnerable, the city’s Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said yesterday by phone. Officials are shoring up flood walls, preparing evacuation plans and readying medical supplies, he said….
Bangkok’s flood-defense efforts are focused on the Chao Phraya river, whose banks are lined with luxury hotels including the Peninsula, the Shangri-La and the Oriental, as well as the Bank of Thailand.
Bangkok authorities urged consumers to avoid panic-buying after some supermarkets ran out of dry goods including rice and noodles.
The deluge has killed 269 people and affected 8.2 million more in Thailand since July 25, data from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation show.
In Ayutthaya, 67 kilometers (42 miles) north of Bangkok, floodwaters broke through defenses around the Rojana Industrial Park, which is mostly a base for companies making automotive and electronics parts. The 198 plants have a combined investment value of 56 billion baht, and a total workforce of 90,000, said Suparp Kleekhajai, the vice industry minister.
Hundreds of Honda cars were damaged when dikes failed at the Rojana park, where the company produces as many 240,000 vehicles a year, Pitak Pruittisarikorn, executive vice president of Honda’s Thai unit, said yesterday.
Toyota Motor Corp., Asia’s largest carmaker, closed three factories in Thailand, Amiko Tomita, a spokeswoman for the company, said today by phone. The plants will be halted during the morning shift today and a decision will be made later on when to reopen them, Tomita said.
Ford Motor Co. suspended production in Thailand for 48 hours to assess inventory and logistics because suppliers in Ayutthaya were forced to halt operations, the company said today. Ford’s own factory in Rayong province hasn’t been affected by flooding, the Dearborn, Michigan-based company said.
Ayutthaya “is beyond a crisis,” with floodwaters up to 3 meters deep in some areas, said the flood center’s Wim.
Seasonal storms have affected more than six million people in Southeast Asia and claimed a further 224 lives in Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines, the United Nations said last week. Monsoons across Asia last month generated about $7 billion of losses, including $1.1 billion in Thailand, Aon Benfield, a reinsurer, said in a report on Oct. 5.
According to Wikepedia:
Relations between Christian organizations and the central government have improved. In the 1980s, Thai royal budget for programs of Christian groups appeared for the first time. Evidence of this support includes 15,000 Baht given by the Department of Religion to District 14 of the Church of Christ in Thailand for youth outreach as well as waiving of the cost of tickets on trains for missionaries and for Thai pastors of the denomination.
Christians made and are making substantial contributions to health care and education in Thailand. Such facilities, as Saint Louis Hospital, Bangkok Mission Hospital, Camillian Hospital, Bangkok Christian Hospital were once considered to be among the best in the country. Major Christian schools dot the map of Thailand. European and American missionaries introduced printing press, western surgery, smallpox vaccinations, taught foreign languages and wrote linguistic dictionaries. Thai and Western Christians in the past 50 years have been heavily engaged in administrative reform of church organizations, ecumenical and interrreligious dialogue, social development projects, enculturation or adaptation of the Gospel for Thai culture and have been active in providing leadership in the Thai democracy movement, refugee relief, and improving the status of women, the handicapped and children.
Pray that Christians will have wisdom and discernment from above in this time of national difficulty – that they may be faithful witnesses for Jesus in the recovery efforts.