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Thai Flood Hacks


Image from Burapha University

Necessity is truly the mother of invention, so when the going gets tough because of the 2011 Thailand Floods, the Thais get floatin' on a DIY boat made from water bottles.

Thai Flood Hacks is a Tumblr blog that collects the ingenuity of the Thai people in dealing with the 3-month-old flood. A few more pics:


Image: Noppol Tuntikul


Flood-proof tuk tuk. Image: kanok


Floating Toilet. Image: Bangkok Post


Homemade jetski

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Okay, I'd love to know what triggered the moderation in my previous comment. Don't worry folks, you'll see it soon enough.
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But if the cat floats, they won't be able to collect the insurance money.

Yeah, the floating toilet is kinda weird. Wakes one wonder if it isn't just a hole in the floor.
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@Vako:

I wondered about that too. The tumblr site had a link to the story about the floating outhouses (http://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/learning-from-news/264401/flood-safety-inventions ). Apparently they collect the waste, then treat it and "discharge" it at a proper place, hopefully away from town. The whole article was pretty interesting; apparently the floating toilets have both a "modern" flush toilet (like in the US and Europe), and a "Thai" toilet that flushes by manually adding water to the bowl.

Interesting to see the differences in how disasters are handled between 3rd world and industrialized countries. In Thailand, it's a curiousity. In Haiti, it was a public health crisis.
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