Thailand’s floods have submerged parts of Bangkok but it would take more than that to interrupt the rounds of one intrepid postman.
Somyod Somsamai has been delivering mail in a riverside area of the capital for six years. And if it means getting wet, he is ready to go beyond the call of duty.
“It has become difficult for me to do my job,” he said. “Normally it takes just a short time but now I have got to walk slowly. In fact, I don’t want to come here at all because the water is high but I have to do it because people need their mail.”
And this despite leeches in the dirty water, not to mention reports of snakes and even crocodiles in some districts!
While several suburbs are inundated, central Bangkok, protected by dikes and sandbag walls, looks to have escaped the deluge.
Thailand’s crisis however is far from over.
Nearly 400 people have been killed in months of floods, economic growth has been set back and global supply chains for Thai-made computer and auto parts have been thrown into disarray.