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Thailand:Floodwaters nearing Thai gov’t headquarters

Friday, October 21, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 21,2011

In Thailand, floodwaters have begun to inundate parts of Bangkok after a river burst its banks in the northern part of the capital.

The government says a bank of the Chao Phraya River burst on Thursday night, inundating roads and houses in northern districts.

Floodwaters have reportedly reached several kilometers from the Don Muang airport, where the government’s flood task force is located. The airport’s terminal is serving as a shelter for around 1,700 evacuees staying in tents.

The Bangkadee Industrial Park in Pathum Thani Province, north of the airport, has also been inundated.

The complex is home to about 30 Japanese-affiliated companies, including electronics maker Toshiba.

Parts of the complex are already under nearly 2 meters of water.

In Bangkok, residents of 9 northern and eastern districts have been advised to evacuate. No damage has been reported in the city center, including the business district.

Laaska News.