Northern provinces of Thailand have seen some of the worst flooding in over 50 years recently with over 300 confirmed deaths so far as a direct result of the floods. September/October are the months that usually see the worst of the monsoon rains and this year has been no exception in the north, however in the south we have seen very little rain compared to the last couple of years. Whether that is going to change in the near future no-one knows but it appears that the current problems in the north are gradually moving south. We live around a 1,000 kilometers south of the current situation and are keeping our fingers crossed that we will be spared the flooding.
The National Disaster Warning Centre has issued a warning for some provinces in the South to brace for flash floods and forest run-off on Oct 19-21.
Below are a few photos of the recent flooding:
Our hearts go out to those that have lost family or friends, and we pray that there will be no more loss of life from the flooding.
The British Consulate issued the following:
Message from the Consul at the British Embassy in Bangkok to the British Community.
I’m sure you are all keeping a close eye on the weather and flood situation wherever you are in Thailand. We too are monitoring the situation closely so that we can provide up-to-date and accurate information to British visitors and residents. I thought you might be interested to see the current wording (12 October) about the flooding in the Travel Advice and have inserted the main summary below:
September and October are the height of the monsoon season in Thailand. Heavy rainfall across the country continues to cause widespread flooding, flash floods and mudslides and has resulted in disruption and over 260 deaths. The most affected areas are the north, north-east and central Thailand. Airports, including Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport are operating normally. There has been some disruption to road and rail transport, particularly on routes north of Bangkok. If you are in an affected area exercise caution and follow the advice of local authorities. To check areas affected and transport infrastructure impacted please see the regular reports published by the Thai 24/7 Emergency Operations Centre. Check with your tour operator, local media, the 24/7 Emergency Operations Centre or the Thai Meteorological Department for up-to-date information and warnings before you travel.
The full Travel Advice for Thailand is available at: http://ukinthailand.fco.gov.uk/en/help-for-british-nationals/travel-advice We will continue to monitor the situation and will update the Travel Advice regularly. For this reason I suggest you check it frequently. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
- Bangkok districts on flood alert (bbc.co.uk)
- Bangkok braces but safe so far from floods (msnbc.msn.com)
- Bangkok reinforcing flood defenses, death toll 315 – BusinessWeek (news.google.com)
- No Letup in Battle Against Thailand Floods (time.com)
- VIDEO: Bangkok districts on flood alert (bbc.co.uk)