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Situation Update : FLOODING IN THAILAND

September 13, 2011

Certain areas of some provinces in Thailand, such as Saraburi, Sing Buri, and Uttaradit, as well as a few coastal spots in southern Thailand, have been affected by floods due to seasonal heavy rains. The floods are mainly affecting land in low-lying agricultural areas and adjacent to major waterways such as the Chao Phraya River. Occasional flash floods are occurring in some mountainous areas as a result of runoff from the heavy rains. The flooding is expected to subside within the next several days as weather conditions improve.

The current flooding is having little or no impact on tourism. Tourist attractions in Thailand, including Sukhothai, the Ancient City of Ayutthaya, and Pattaya have not been affected by the floods and are open for visitors. All airports and major transportation links throughout Thailand are operating as per normal. Only the ferry services between the mainland and islands in Trang have been temporarily suspended due to rough seas. Bangkok is not affected by the flooding.

Tourists planning to travel to the provinces affected by the floods are advised to check the latest weather forecasts for their destination and confirm arrangements with the transportation providers with which they will be travelling. Tourists can also call the TAT Information Line at 1672 to check local conditions.

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