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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Empty shelves sure sign of flood devastation

Via: Pattaya Mail

The worst flooding in decades is not only affecting families directly in its path, but in one way or another, its effecting nearly everyone in the kingdom.

 Locally, kind hearted citizens are setting up collection points for essential goods and cash to help the tens of thousands of victims, the Thai Navy is building temporary floating structures for those that have lost their homes, and in general, as they have done in the past, people are rushing to the aid of stricken people all over the country.

A side effect of the massive flooding is the increasingly evident disruption to commerce.  Anyone who has gone shopping lately most certainly has noticed empty shelves, higher prices, and goods that were once found nearly everywhere are now difficult to find.

Flooding in central Thailand has cut off many transportation routes, making it either difficult or impossible to transport goods from the manufacturer to the markets and department stores.  But perhaps even more disruptive are the flooded industrial estates in Phranakorn Sri Ayuthaya and Pathum Thani where so many of the country’s essential goods are processed before shipping.

Meat, poultry, dried foods and eggs top the list of hard to find and increasingly more expensive non-durable goods.

Drinking water and canned goods are also becoming scarcer as the availability of raw materials for packaging has been reduced.

Signs have been popping up on empty shelves in major department stores, apologizing for the inconvenience and asking for patience.

Large retailers and department stores are not the only places suffering, as many small merchants are having to do with less of an inventory as well.

Boongnern Mookaum, a woman who runs a food stall near Wat Chaimongkol in South Pattaya, said that items such as “Cow-peas, originally 30 baht per kg, have increased to 50 baht per kg; bird chili, originally 60 baht per kg, increased to 100 baht per kg; rice from 1000 baht for 49 kg has increased to 1,100 baht.”



October 29, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,

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