Column By Don Coppock
(Foreign Correspondent for The Waterbury Observer)
Nahmtuam is a word you hear a lot these days in Thailand. It means 'flood'.
As we drove from Udon Thani toward Roy Et in Isaan ( Northeastern Thailand ) it appeared much of the country was underwater. The main two lane roadway was clear, but as we passed over bridges we observed partially submerged houses, wires hung limply a few feet above swollen waterways, and the bridges themselves seemed but a rainstorm away from being submerged from the muddy roiling water beneath.