Villagers use rowboats and basins to cross floods in Thailand


Villagers rode on boats and basins after Tropical Storm Dianmu flooded large swathes of Thailand this month.

Footages shows rescue reams rowing through the 5ft deep floods to distribute food and water in affected areas in Khon Kaen province on October 6. Residents also rode on large basins and makeshift rafts to make their way through the deluge.

Several villages were almost completely submerged, with houses along the river taking the brunt of the damage. The water level reportedly reached as high as 7ft on October 7 evening.

Officials had already put up sandbags around the city’s economic zone in preparation for the flooding.

At least seven people have died and tens of thousands more are still stranded receiving aid from rescue groups. Ten provinces in Thailand, including Chaiyaphum, have been inundated by Dianmu, according to the Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department of Thailand. The Thai Meteorological Department said rainfall is expected to subside within the week.

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.