• Emergency Message to U.S. Citizens on Flooding in Thailand

    Seasonal monsoon rainfall worsened by a series of tropical depressions is flooding wide areas of central Thailand and scattered locations in northern and northeastern Thailand. These conditions are expected to continue for at least several more days, worsening in the Chao Phraya River basin from Uthaithani and Chai Nat provinces to Ayutthaya. Flood conditions between Ayutthaya and the mouth of the Chao Phraya River south of Bangkok are expected to increase in severity for several additional days. Land transportation is disrupted in these areas.

    As of October 7, according to Thai government sources including the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation, portions of 54 highways are closed. This includes the Asia Highway, the main highway north out of Bangkok.

    Bus and train service linking Bangkok with points to the north is suspended.

    Bus routes between Bangkok and northeast Thailand are operating.

    Trains are running between Bangkok and northeast Thailand. However they have been rerouted to an eastern line and are not serving smaller stations in and near Bangkok.

    We advise you to monitor local media, confirm travel arrangements, and defer travel to or through flood impacted areas.

    The Thai government has mobilized relief efforts and rescue operations in flooded areas.

    If you are affected by the flooding and need urgent assistance, contact the Thai Government's English-speaking Tourist Police, who can be reached nationwide by dialing 1155. For Thai speakers, there are hotlines for trains: 1690, busses: 1490, highway: 1586, 1784, and 1146 for local roads; highway police: 1193, and emergencies: 191. You can see the Thai Meteorological Department's weather forecasts and warnings at its website, www.tmd.go.th/en/.
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Maestro's Avatar
      Maestro -
      out of curiosity are those english speaking thai police different then the regular guys, are they non corrupt(laughable) or whats the deal with them?
    1. doc's Avatar
      doc -
      Don't know. I never dealt with them. I have no doubt they're just like their compatriots though.
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