Canadians travelling to Thailand are being warned to "exercise a high degree of caution" due to flooding, early monsoon activity, and a dam collapse. Thailand's monsoon season is currently at its peak, typically extending from June to October.
Monsoon activity in Thailand consists of severe rainfall, which often leads to flash floods and landslides. The Government of Canada has released a list of Thai provinces that are currently eperiencing an elevated risk of floods.
The following provinces are particularly at risk, according to Canada's travel advisory:
- Chiang Rai
- Nakhon Phanom
- Sakon Nakhon
- Yasothon, Roi Et
- Ubon Ratchathani
Last month, a dam collapse in Laos - Thailand's bordering country - led to a severe flash flood which claimed dozens of lives and left thousands of people stranded. Laos declared a state of emergency when the dam gave way and swept through entire villages.
Now, according to Canada's advisory, Thailand remains at risk for similar devastation as monsoon season continues to grip the country. Jungle treks and cave excursions are not advisable, due to the dangers of flooding and mudslides.
At the very least, monsoon season is known to disrupt travel into and within the country of Thailand. So, travellers should be prepared for delays.
"The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad," the advisory reads. Canadian visitors to Thailand are encouraged to read up on current conditions in the area, and to plan travel accordingly.
To read the full advisory, click here.
Source: Independent UK