UN Assistance Gives Thai Officials Greater Monitoring Data to deal with Flood Crisis.

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The United Nations has enabled disaster officials in Thailand, which its facing
its worst floods in more than half a century, to have more frequent access to
real-time satellite images of the inundations so they can better monitor and
respond to the crisis.

After a request from the Thai Government, the UN Economic and Social Commission
for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has arranged through a series of international
partners to provide the Government with up-to-the-minute international satellite
images of both flood waters and flood wave dynamics.

The partnership will also ensure long-term capacity development for disaster
risk management in Thailand and ongoing regular access to relevant
satellite-based data.

At least 370 people have died since the floods began in Thailand several weeks
ago following unusually heavy rainfall and vast swathes of the country,
including th
e capital, Bangkok, now lie under water.

Thailand is one of a handful of Asian countries to be hard hit by floods and
heavy rains in recent weeks, with Pakistan, Cambodia and the Philippines among
the other nations badly affected.

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