Floods in Thailand

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Chao Phraya River Development has narrowed stretches of the river conntributing to flooding in Bangkok

Floods in Thailand are regular natural disasters in Thailand which happen nearly every year during the monsoon season. The monsoon seasons in the country are distinct by region, the southern part mirrors the Malay Peninsula and monsoon begins in Oct and ends in March. The rest of the nation has monsoons and/or frequent thundershowers from April/May through October, but often lasts beyond October.

Thailand cycles yearly between drought and flooding. Breaking this cycle was the subject of the "Sustainable Water Management Forum 2016" in Bangkok. The event hosted water management specialists from countries which have dealt with water management challenges such as the Netherlands, Israel, and Singapore. One attendee observed that, "In Thailand, we receive around 754,000 million m3 of rain per year. That is more than enough for the annual water demand of around 100,000 million m3.... However, only 5.7 percent of rainfall, 70,370 million m3, empties into the reservoirs."[1][2]



  1. ^ "Accelerating Integrated Water Management" (Press release). The Government Public Relations Department. 21 June 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  2. ^ Maxwell, Daniel (4 October 2016). "Thailand: Breaking the cycle of flooding and drought". Asian Correspondent. Retrieved 8 October 2016.