Monsoon rains cause flooding in Thailand

A tropical storm has flooded a third of the provinces in Thailand. The government has issued warnings that seasonal monsoon rainfall could worsen the situation.

Disaster prevention officials say flooding caused by heavy rain over the weekend affected over 70,000 homes in 30 provinces. Six people have so far been confirmed dead.

In the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, a reservoir overflowed, inundating roads and cutting off villages.

Thai meteorological officials have forecast heavy rain across the country all this week. Flood barriers and pumps are being set up in Bangkok to protect the city.

The storm made landfall last week in central Vietnam. State-run TV reported on Monday that homes and crops in the region were inundated.