October 26th, 2011
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Bangkok to remain flooded

flood-in-bangkokBangkok: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra warned that parts of Bangkok could remain flooded for almost a month. The authorities have called off the special five-day holiday to allow people to leave.

“After assessing the situation, we expect floodwater to remain in Bangkok for around two weeks to one month before going into the sea,” Yingluck told the media. “However, the situation shouldn’t be serious as in other provinces. We shouldn’t face water as high as two or three metres staying for two or three months as we’ve seen in other provinces,” he added.

Central Bangkok residents have been asked to move to high grounds as the place would be swamped with five feet of flood water. Authorities would guard significant places such as the royal palace and power stations to prevent any chaos.

The floods in the north, northeast and centre of Thailand have killed at least 366 people since mid-July and disrupted the lives of nearly 2.5 million, with more than 113,000 in shelters and 720,000 people seeking medical attention.

Flooding has forced the closure of seven industrial estates in Ayutthaya, Nonthaburi and Pathum Thani provinces bordering Bangkok, causing billions of dollars of damage, disrupting international supply chains for industry and putting about 650,000 people temporarily out of work. Tourism industry has been drastically hit even as footages of people wading through knee deep water are doing rounds in the international media.



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