They are the worst floods to hit Thailand for decades. More than three quarters of the country has been affected, including the capital, Bangkok.
Millions of acres of farmland are underwater. Hospitals have closed. Factories are destroyed. Hundreds of thousands have fled their homes.
Two hundred and forty four people have lost their lives.
The government has deployed ten thousand troops to work on the relief effort. Army camps have been opened to house refugees. Emergency supplies are being distributed across the country.
The Bangkok Post reports that the authorities are also attempting to control a longer-term impact of the disaster.
They are shipping out condoms to affected areas.
With no work to go to and nothing to do, the fear is that flood victims may resort to sex to fill their time – which could result in a baby-boom.
The Thai government is proud of its family planning program. Hailed as “highly successful” by the US State Department, the program has resulted in a dramatic reduction in population growth.
Evidently, the authorities don’t want that success to be washed away with the floods.