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Thailand -
The Flooding of a Country



In Thailand, dealing with the October 2011 flood is a daily struggle for over 40% of the country, yet many people in the country believe that, although the flooding originated with very heavy rains, much of the current flooding in Bangkok is due to government negligence in the management of canals and flood control systems in the 50 districts that make up Bangkok. The main point of contention is that the government has allowed eight different agencies to control the flooding and the water diversion overall. The UN has also stated that the Thai government has to be held accountable for not streamlining the agencies that control the excess water throughout the area.

The people of Thailand outside the city are wondering why some areas that were not threatened by severe flooding are now underwater while area of Bangkok we saved at the cost of flooding their neighborhoods. Although the main industrial parks of Bangkok are now mostly flooded, they were dry much longer than residential areas in Bangkok because the agencies dealing with water control were favoring the businesses.



Perspective from former CIEE Thai Exchange Students


How has the flooding impacted you, your family, and the people of Thailand?

Pon, 2010 Thai exchange student
At this point my house is not actually flooded yet, but our neighbor is already underwater about 50cm deep. My university was an evacuation center and I gathered my friends from high school to help out at my university. I think most of people are not prepared, for example when I volunteered at my university there are people left the house without getting ready for the flood, they just came to the center because it was too dangerous if they went back to the house.

Natt, 2009 Thai exchange student
It hasn't really impacted my family directly because my house which is in Saraburi province, which is surrounded by the flood from the north, like an island. However, my province has a big dam to protect us from the flood but just some parts of my province were faced with the flood. My friends and I have volunteered since last month to help packing stuff so people can move their things to higher floors. Most of Thai people donated money, boats, food, medicine, etc to help the flood victims and are still being helpful. Some of the people have had to move to another province, but some still stay at home dealing with it because they don't have that option.

Activities Related to Thailand and Monarchies


Thailand is also known officially as the Kingdom of Thailand and was formerly known as Siam. Since the country is a kingdom, the political system is set up to be what is called a constitutional monarchy. The current king of Thailand is King Rama IX, and is the longest reigning monarch in the world. The region that Thailand resides is known as Southeast Asia. To improve student knowledge of world geography use the resources below and chose which activities you as a teacher want to have students learn more about the region of Southeast Asia:

Using the web, have students develop a list of countries in the world that have some form of monarchy. Use a visual presentation to show the different countries and how the monarchy is involved in political decisions. Lead discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of a monarchy. To explore higher order thinking skills discuss failed monarchies and why they failed as well as successful monarchies and how they have survived.

Online Presentation Links (something different than Powerpoint):

  • Prezi - create and share amazing online presentations (Top Recommendation)
  • Empressor - powerful online presentations
  • SlideRocket - free for 30 days - plenty of time for a project

Have students present their projects to the class (either have them work individually or in pairs)

Option for lesson: After having students research monarchies, assign countries with monarchies to students to research and present information on those countries and their political system.

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