Bangkok river reaches dangerously high levels following heavy monsoon season rain

Footage shows the Chao Phraya River this morning as it reaches dangerously high levels following continuous heavy rain in Bangkok, Thailand. Blocked drains caused rainwater to overflow into the streets in the nearby Rangsit area of the capital city following tropical downpours that have been battering the country in recent weeks.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.This year, meteorologists have 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'.