Commuters struggle through flooded road in Thailand

Commuters struggled through a flooded road as it turned to a muddy river in Thailand. Footage shows vehicles slowly wading across the deluge in Chanthaburi province on the morning of August 31. Driver Wasupol Pikulsuk said: "If the rain does not stop, the flood may get even higher, and it would be difficult to move through this route". Meteorologists blamed climate change for the sustained heavy rain, which has been hitting the Thai capital and provinces around the country causing severe floods for several weeks. Warnings of strong wind and storms were also issued for regions across the northeast, east, and south. Thailand's Center for Climate Change and Disaster claimed the coming months could see heavier, longer rainfalls, due to 'climate change'. Local media reported that the country has this year seen 'an unusually sustained and persistent rainy season'. 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 from May or June until 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.