Make or break time in Bangkok

The next few days will tell the tale. That’s when the flooding will crest and Bangkok will know exactly just how bad it will be.

Many people are disgusted with the way things have been handled, with much of the criticism directed at Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who is increasing being perceived as inept, indecisive and inexperienced.

For the thousands who have been uprooted, there is a mind-numbing emotional toll as they try to come to grips with the loss of their homes as well as loss of income by being thrown out of work by the flood.

Could the prime minister have done things better? Probably. But that’s 20/20 hindsight and keep in mind there is no template to guide anyone in the case of a once-in-a-lifetime calamity of this magnitude.

Dr.Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, a former MP in Thailand and an economist of some note, agrees that she is a novice in politics and only recently came into power – without the customary honeymoon enjoyed by a new prime minister and cabinet – and landed smack into the middle of trying to manage one of the worst natural disasters Bangkok has ever seen.

“It proved to be very fatal for her – as it would be for anyone in power – especially with all the contradictory she has been getting.”

Peak time is between Oct. 28 and Oct. 31. After that, he says, it will likely take a month before things get back to normal.

“In the midst of the flooding right now, it’s a really difficult time for the people living in Bangkok.”

Meanwhile many planned events have been cancelled or postponed, like the Thailand Health and Beauty Show 2011, which has been postponed to January 2012. Business is at a standstill.

Many tours coming to Bangkok have already been cancelled while others have been diverted to resorts in Pattaya, Koh Samui, Krabi, Phuket and in the north.

About jimcarr

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