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
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,
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.