Will there be “Biblical Floods” in Thailand this Year?

September 13, 2012
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There has already been a lot of talk and speculation in the media that the government has failed and that we will be hit by devastating floods again this year. These stories have now gone into the international media and once again I have started to receive emails from people asking if Thailand will be flooded this year. A short answer to that is YES! It is a monsoon country and we are in the middle of the rainy season. It happens every year to varying degrees. We cannot escape it but we can learn to live with it.

As to the question, “Will there be “Biblical Floods” in Thailand this Year?” I can tell you that it is very unlikely to happen. Obviously I don’t have a crystal ball, but all indicators so far say that we are not going to have a worse year than normal. Certainly there has been less big storms this year so far and I have just checked the dam levels on my smartphone and I see that they are all lower than last year. What is even more telling are these two images showing flooding in red. Both of them were taken during August. The top picture this year and the one below is last year. As you can see, there isn’t so much water up in the north this year heading down towards Bangkok.

(Thanks to @s_narut for tweeting these maps today)

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