Severe flooding in Thailand

Update: 2011-10-31:
Tourist areas not affected by flooding.
Update:2011-10-28
Flash floods hit Bangkok City (video)
Tourists advised to leave Bangkok as waters threaten city centre

More information about flooding  from CNN. More info from CNN. More info from BBC.
Relief centers for food and shelter.
The flood in Bangkok might last from 15 days to one month.
Update: 2011-10-26
Flood waters are now reaching Bangkok City.
Update: 2011-10-24
Flood water reaches Bangkok Airport
Update: 2011-10-20
Bangkok on high alert.
Update: 2011-10-13
CNN has more updates here.

Severe flooding occurred during the 2011 monsoon season in Thailand, most severely in the Chao Phraya but also in the Mekong River basin. Beginning in late July and continuing for over two months, as of 11 October there have been 270 reported deaths, over two million people affected, with estimated damages of up to fifty billion baht (1.6 billion USD).

The flooding has inundated about six million hectares of land, of which over 300,000 hectares is farmland, in fifty-eight provinces, from Chiang Mai in the North to Ayutthaya, in the Central plains just north of Bangkok, where water has inundated ancient temples including Wat Chai Watthanaram, part of a World Heritage Site. It has been described as “the worst flooding yet in terms of the amount of water and people affected”.

As of 4 October, twenty-five provinces are still affected, with risk of further flooding, as most dams are near- or over-capacity.

Koh Samui and Koh Tao are cut off from communications.

More updates here. 

More on Thailand here.

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