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20 October 2011

Latest from flood hit Thailand

The death toll from the most devastating flooding to hit Thailand in over 60 years following heavy rains since late July has now risen to almost 300.

Nearly three million people are said to have been affected by the floods and the disaster has caused serious damage to the country`s agriculture and other industries, with Japan`s Toyota, Sony and Honda along with USA's Western Digital -- and many other factories to the north of Bangkok -- suspending production until the situation improves.

Damage so far has been assessed at more than 20 billon baht and 26 out of the country's 77 provinces are affected, while Bangkok is bracing for a large amount of run-off water that is about to reach the city and which will coincide with seasonal high tides that will make it harder for the flood waters to flow out to sea.

Amateur radio has been assisting with flood relief communications, helping victims in the affected areas and operators are using the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) club station callsign HS0AC and a special flood relief centre with the callsign HS0AB has been established at Bangkok's Don Mueang Airport.

Please be formally advised that Thai radio amateurs are standing by on 144.900 MHz, 145.000 MHz and 144.9375 MHz (VHF) as well as on frequencies of 7.063 and 7.060 MHz in the 40-metre HF band.

RAST is actively assisting in flood relief operations and the society is accepting donations by bank transfer to its Savings Account at the Krung Thai Bank (KTB), Pradipat Branch, Account Number 034-1-86101-4.

Here is a video showing activities at the special flood relief amateur radio station at Don Mueang Airport (in Thai):

Watch HS0AB


RAST is also posting information about developments to its web site at http://www.qsl.net/rast

RAST would like to thank the IARU in advance for notifying member societies of this disaster and of the emergency frequencies being used to help flood victims in Thailand at this time.

Owing to the volume of water and continuing rainfall, this emergency is likely to continue for many more days and we will notify the IARU Region 3 once things return to normal.



Sincere 73,

Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX
The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) under the Patronage of His Majesty the King.

Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman, IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee