Moo Baan Prapin
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Taweewattana District, Bangkok
November 2011

Moo Baan Prapin in the flooded Taweewattana District on the western outskirts of Bangkok.

"I run a superstore in the Petronas gas station which belongs to my husband. When the water came, it came suddenly so we could not move our stuff in time. Our fridges and tables have all gone under water. We tried and tried to block the water from coming inside the store, but it didn't work. It turns out that our business here after the water reached us is much better than when there was no water. Our feet are getting irritated because we are walking in this polluted water every day. We are concerned, but our business is so good, so we put up with it. Luckily our toilet is still working on the third floor, so we are doing alright here. I will miss all this when the water recedes and when everything is back to normal as things will be much slower then."

A shorter version of this story appeared in the September 2, 2013 issue of Fortune.
  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated August 20 2013 10:27 AM ET
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