The flooding began in late July and some provinces to the north of Bangkok have been inundated for more than a month. The waters have started to recede in recent days, revealing the massive cleanup effort that lies ahead. For two months, Anan Dirath was forced to live on the second floor of his home in Nakorn Sawan province. Now that the water has receded to knee level, it’s time to clean up. He armed his two teenage children with mops, scrub brushes and garbage bags. Wading in the water, his family began scrubbing dirt off the walls and collecting the garbage around the house. He said the dirt was difficult to wash off and he has had to scrub the paint off to get rid of it. “Oh my pretty home. It used to be a pretty two-story home,” he said on Nov. 7.


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