Monday, 14 November 2011
Koh Samui, Thailand daily weather update; 14th November, 2011
Koh Samui's sky is grey this morning and it's wet outside. The rain is on and off at the moment and it looks like some more rain is likely today. Current temp at 7am is 24.7C
The forecast is predicting more rain for today tomorrow but than it will be nice and sunny again with a possible occasional shower. This coming Sunday may be the turn around though and the start of our rainy season.
Yesterday saw a very mixed bag over Samui, it rained, it was dry, the sun peeked through and it rained whilst the sun was out. Repeat! Max temp reached 29.7C
The sky this morning near our house, just before it started to rain again
Water levels are receding, but just as transportation and other aspects of life improve, Thai consumers are bracing for another misfortune in the aftermath of the flooding - a spike in goods prices. Police have vowed in the meantime to arrest would-be profiteers who have placed metal spikes on flooded roads to stop rescue trucks from helping people.
Aside from the immediate problems facing the capital, which the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is tackling through regular channels provided by its six departments and one bureau, many post-flood issues await city officials' attention.
Right now, the most important issue is public health, specifically the problems of preventing disease outbreaks and transporting BMA-supervised doctors to homes of those refusing to evacuate. The Pollution Control Department (PCD) is offering free eggs and rice to people who turn over used foam food boxes and empty plastic bottles - in a bid to ease the amount of garbage.
At Don Muang, the closed domestic airport, water drainage is starting tomorrow.
During the current APEC summit in Hawaii, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba has requested three urgent relief measures to help Japanese companies in Thailand recover from the severe flooding. at the same summit Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong said that a new river, new highways, new railways and new towns are among the government's long-term flood prevention measures. We'll just wait and see.