As Bangkok becomes impossible to protect from flooding, information has come to light about the rescue of pets abandoned as their owners fled the rising flood waters. Devastated areas left many pets to fend for themselves, hundreds of people died and homes were destroyed.
City rescuers attempted to find any abandoned pets who often had been fending for themselves. Those staying in shelters were often reluctant to leave, as they had managed to survive and find a dry place to stay. Those that might have been happy to have been rescued were more likely to have died The animals are being rehabilitated and vaccinated before being given to the livestock department, where hopefully many will be reunited with their owners.
Prime Minster Yingluck Shinawatra said that sluice gates would open to allow water into parts of Bangkok in a controlled manner so that major flooding does not hit the city, which would cause just as much disaster, if not more, and more trouble for pets.
Moving To Higher Ground
Wednesday saw authorities in seven Bangkok areas urging their inhabitants to move to higher ground, taking possessions and pets with them to prepare for higher flooding. More than 320 people have died since July in the floods throughout the country. “Flood waters are coming from every direction and we cannot control them because it’s a huge amount of water. This problem is very overwhelming. It’s a national crisis so I hope to get cooperation from everybody,” said the Prme Minister.
The government is set to plan which areas floodwaters would go through, with the Post office saying that eastern areas were the most likely to be hit. High tides have made the issue worse. Ms. Yingluck has been heavily criticized over the disaster for giving unclear or conflicting information, with mixed messages over the severity of the problem.
Nearly nine million people and countless animals have been impacted over the past three months. In addition to pets, the sacred elephants were being rescued from areas where they had been stranded due to floodwaters. In addition, Thailand is the world’s largest exporter of rice, and many rice paddies have been damaged, with an estimate of 3.5 million tones hit. The loss of money, human life, and animal life is already staggering for the economy but could be worse if Bangkok is hit.