FRIDAY FOTO (Oct. 28, 2011)
Water, Water Everywhere
A U.S. Navy SH-60F Seahawk helicopter carrying U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney conducts an aerial survey of flooded areas in and around Bangkok on Monday (Oct. 24). A 10-member survey team from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force assessed the damage to develop a plan for deploying humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
Heavier-than-usual rains during the monsoon season flooded 61 of Thailand’s 77 provinces, affecting 8.2 million people. The deluge, which has killed more than 370 people since July, is threatening to flood parts of Bangkok, Thailand’s capital, with as much as six feet of water in coming days.
The 3rd MEF regularly trains to respond to natural disasters during exercises held on Okinawa, where it is based, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
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To see a photo slide show of the Thai flooding and what the U.S. military is doing to assist the Royal Thai Armed Forces, click here.
To see another slideshow of flood relief efforts, click here.
To view an interactive Google map of the flooded region, click here.
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