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Bangkok:Holiday called in flood-hit Thailand + Photo

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Laaska News Oct. 25,2011
Bangkok residents evacuate in floodwaters – Photo

The Thai government has announced a 5-day holiday to allow people to prepare for more possible flooding, as high tides are expected over the weekend.

The floods, caused by record rainfall, have already devastated the central Thai province of Ayutthaya and an industrial district near the capital, Bangkok. Central Bangkok has also become inundated. In addition, further flooding is expected as the spring tide is set to peak on Saturday.

The government on Tuesday declared a 5 day-holiday from Thursday in the capital Bangkok and 20 other provinces along the Chao Phraya River.

A Japanese trading firm based in Bangkok started distributing mobile phones and small storage disks to employees in case they have to work at home.

At the Don Muang airport in northern Bangkok, all passenger flights were stopped on Tuesday afternoon as floodwaters started flowing into part of the runways.

About 4,000 people who had been taking shelter in the airport started moving to other evacuation sites.

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Bangkok residents evacuate in floodwaters

 

Residents evacuate in floodwaters in Rangsit area in Bangkok vicinity’s Phatum Thani province on Oct. 24, 2011. Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra issued forth statement at around midnight Sunday asking people in six districts of northern Bangkok to move their belongings to higher places and move to stay in prepared shelters. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

   Residents evacuate in floodwaters in Rangsit area in Bangkok vicinity’s Phatum Thani province on Oct. 24, 2011. Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra issued forth statement at around midnight Sunday asking people in six districts of northern Bangkok to move their belongings to higher places and move to stay in prepared shelters. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

A resident evacuates in floodwaters in Rangsit area in Bangkok vicinity’s Phatum Thani province on Oct. 24, 2011. Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra issued forth statement at around midnight Sunday asking people in six districts of northern Bangkok to move their belongings to higher places and move to stay in prepared shelters. (Xinhua/Lui Siu Wai)

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