Two weeks after the usual end of the rainy season it's gone into extra time with a vengeance. Apart from a few days, we have had heavy rain for a month and it gets worse, The water table is well up to the surface now and all of the run off capacity is full. The dam above us in the mountains is full to a dangerous level and, to add to the rain, they let water go from their nearly every day. The nearest city is under water and our local market town and one village has up to 6 feet of both still and fast flowing water. People have lost their furniture and animals and are evacuating their homes. The market town is without electricity and water as people rely on army tin boats to get them out or get food. Our own village is without piped water now that the pumping station is flooded ans we are threatened with electricity cuts. The government's effort to help people is disgrace. Thank goodness that it's in the nature of people here to help one another. This all makes my complaints about our own inconveniences a few weeks ago look quite out of place. As I write we have a cracking thunderstorm that will replace all of the water that drained away today. Another release of the dam is scheduled in the knowledge that our devastated town down the road will get hit yet again at 3.00am. How can they get it so wrong? I've posted some pics. and comments on my blog: http://www.grumpyexpat.com/blog/2010/10/pak-thong-chai-korat-flood---o.html On the lighter side, here's a pic. of someone who came to look at the flood in the most unsuitable clothes you can imagine. There is not a woman in the picture, by the way. To avoid any trouble I held the camera at waist level and pressed the button, thereby accidentally missing the physiognomy but you will get the idea.