Heavy rain causes floods across hundreds of acres of rice fields in northern Thailand

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Heavy rain caused floods that swamped hundreds of acres of rice fields in northern Thailand this week.

Aerial drone footage shows the devastation in Nakhon Ratchasima province on Monday September 6.

Locals said the deluge was caused by continuous rainfall in recent days which caused rivers to burst their banks sending water gushing across the land. The water was up to a metre deep in some parts.

Farmers said that there had been heavy rain this year but the previous three years had been drought.

Officials are now using backhoes to level some areas of land so the water can drain out quicker. They expect it to take three or four days.

Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are in the middle of their tropical monsoon rainy season, which lasts until October or November. Soaring temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius are often followed by powerful tropical storms with thunder, lightning, rain and flash floods which cause rivers to flow faster and become dangerous.