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The seasonal monsoon has caused flooding in many parts of Thailand, affecting over 20,000 households, with some of the country's top tourist destinations submerged in water, the irrigation department told dpa on Tuesday.

Among the hardest hit are popular tourist destinations like the ancient cities of Ayutthaya, 80 kilometres north of Bangkok and Sukhothai, 422 kilometres north of Bangkok.

In Ayutthaya alone, more than 14,000 households are inundated. In Sukhothai, over 6,720 square kilometres have been damaged, according to the irrigation department.

Some historical temples and Buddha statues in Ayutthaya are under almost one metre of water. Water levels in both Ayutthaya and Sukhothai are expected to rise.

Flooding has hit up to 17 provinces in the northern, north-eastern and central parts of the country.

Although the country's main Chao Phraya river which runs through Bangkok has experienced rising water levels, the impact in the area remains minimal, only affecting riverside residents, the irrigation department said.

The authorities are currently expediting the release of water overflow into the Gulf of Thailand.

No casualties have been reported so far.

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