*Update September 25*
My good friend Brunty has just uploaded an excellent report on the current situation with some very good photos.
*UPDATED WITH NEWS AND PHOTOS September 23.*
I realise that these floods have been happening for quite a while now but because I am not currently in Ubon and I prefer to tell my stories with photos rather then words I have not mentioned it here on the blog. Another reason is that frankly, floods seem to happen almost every year so I gave it a big yawn when I first heard the flood reports.
This flood however does seem like quite a doozy and when i came across some video footage of the Mun River แม่น้ำมูล in full flood I thought I should share it as well as seek some comments from local readers. If any locals could let me know if and how the floods are affecting you that would be greatly appreciated. Either leave a comment here (anonymous if you like) or email me direct on memock ((at)) westnet.com.au
The video was filmed on September 15 by a local who goes by the name of Jaocheu. He says “It been like this for a week now with no sign of the rain ending. The whole of Isaan (north east Thailand) is suffering pretty bad.”
“The video shows the bits of town near the raised main road, the only dry bit. A shanty town has appeared along this road and the outskirts of town has several tent villages. The whole southern bank and wall of Mun River (pronounced ‘moon’ river, Thailand’s second longest) has been submerged and the river has swamped the town.” Jaocheu said.
It is not the best bit of video work you will ever see but it still paints a good picture of the hardship locals in the Ubon area are currently experiencing. If you don’t want to watch the full three minutes then at least tune in at the 25 second mark which shows the main city of Ubon in the background.
David, an expat of Ubon Ratchathani has kindly sent me some photos of Huai Wang Nong, the large lake on the edge of the city centre. He says it is still raining and the water rising.