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Flooding in Thailand

From July to November 2011, widespread flooding (including flash flooding) and landslides occurred in the central, northeast and northern regions of Thailand. Some southern regions have been experiencing flooding since November 2011. More than 690 deaths have been attributed to the flooding, many of which were caused by drowning or electrocution. Flood waters continue to recede and some areas are no longer affected. Currently, 10 provinces are affected by flooding: Ang Thong, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Lopburi, Saraburi, Suphan Buri, Nakhon Pathom, Pathumthani, Nonthaburi, Samutsakhon and Bangkok.

Central Bangkok is not affected, however areas in the North, East and West of the city, as well as outlying districts, are experiencing significant flooding. Most popular tourism destinations, including Chiang Mai, Phuket, Krabi and Koh Samui, are operating normally.

These conditions are causing travel disruptions and have interrupted other essential services, such as the power supply and communications, in some affected areas. Further disruptions to essential services, as well as shortages of drinking water and some food items, may occur in heavily affected areas. Canadians should be cautious when ingesting food or water, as these may have been contaminated by flood water and could lead to disease.

Airports are operational, except for Don Mueang airport (Bangkok’s second airport, used primarily by domestic discount airlines), which is closed. Flights to Don Mueang airport are being diverted to Bangkok’s main airport, Suvarnabhumi. Travellers should contact their airline or travel provider for the latest information. Delays at Suvarnabhumi airport are possible and all parking facilities are full. Travellers should plan to arrive earlier than normal.

Ground transportation in affected areas is difficult as some train and bus routes have been suspended or diverted, and some roads are impassable.

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