Bangkok – 9 November 2011
1. Top shot of bus stopping on flooded street
2. Close-up of passengers looking through open windows of bus
3. Top shot of people walking through water and getting on bus
4. Close-up of road lane marking under water
5. Mid of bus leaving
6. Mid of man walking along flooded street
7. Wide of man standing on concrete barrier near flooded street
8. Wide of shopping mall district of Lat Phrao
9. Close-up of Thai national flag
Bangkok – 7 November 2011
10. Tilt up of fishing waders hanging on vehicle
11. Various of fishing clothing being sold
12. Various of man selling wellington boots, people trying on boots
13. SOUNDBITE: (Thai): no name given, Boot seller, 36:
“Other provinces are flooded. Actually, Bangkok is getting flooded too. I came from another province but I can’t go back because of the flood. That’s why I’ve got to find something to sell. These boots are in trend at the moment. They’re beautiful. It’s not easy to get them these days.”
14. Various of woman with children, next to boats for sale
15. Mid of boats for sale on street
16. Various of man starting up boat engine
17. Close-up of board showing boat engine price
18. Various of women selling rubber shoes in street
Residents in the Thai capital Bangkok have come up with enterprising ways to cash in on the flood waters seeping into the capital.
Under a busy road near the flood-affected district of Lat Phrao, an outdoor market has sprung up – with stalls selling everything from clothing for fishing to boat engines.
Wellington boots are also proving to be popular.
“I came from another province but I can’t go back because of the flood. That’s why I’ve got to find something to sell. These boots are in trend at the moment. They’re beautiful. It’s not easy to get them these days,” one flood victim-turned seller said.
The newly formed market stretches 7 kilometres (4.3 miles) and is continuing to grow.
Thailand’s worst flooding in half a century began in late July and has killed more than 500 people, mostly by drowning.
Some provinces north of Bangkok have been inundated for more than a month, although floodwaters there have started to recede in recent days as massive pools of runoff flow south.
The water has inexorably made its way into Bangkok, causing distress among the capital’s more than 9 (m) million inhabitants and heightening criticism of the government’s inefficiency in battling the problem.
But residents are trying to go about their daily lives as normally as possible in the capital.
People are still travelling around on buses, despite having to walk through flood waters to get on board.
Top officials and experts have given varying estimates of how much Bangkok would flood and how long the threat would loom over the city, with some claiming several weeks ago the biggest window of danger to the sprawling metropolis had already passed.
Instead, the flood threat has only intensified, straining sandbag-stacking residents as more and more neighbourhoods are swamped each day.
The seemingly unstoppable flood waters have overwhelmed canals, seeped up through drains and poured down highways.
The water has now begun surrounding the city’s northernmost subway stops, threatening to shut them down.
Evacuations have been announced in 12 of Bangkok’s 50 districts.
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