At the moment much of Thailand is in the grip of destructive floods. There is some concern that within the next few days much of Bangkok could be adversely affected by rising water. Fortunately, the area where I live (northeast Thailand) has been mostly spared this year, although the rainy season is far from over.
Why are the floods so awful recently? Thailand has invested a great deal in flood mitigation measures including some massive flood control dams to protect the entire country and huge drainage tunnels and pumps to protect Bangkok. Still, this has been one of the worst years for flooding in history.
I think that small, incremental changes in the way people use land has been a large contributing factor. Deforestation and the conversion of land to single crop plantations means that rain runs off faster than ever before. Development has blocked drainage paths as has the failure to maintain human-built alternatives such as canals and storm drains.
Homeland 2 on the map is where I live.
To see the area in Google Maps, click on the Ban Mai, Mueang Nakhon Ratchasima location link below.