14 Oct '11, 4am

Don't panic, Thai PM tells Bangkok

Don't panic, Thai PM tells Bangkok

BANGKOK: Thailand's premier moved Friday to reassure Bangkok's 12 million residents over a looming flood crisis, after one of her ministers briefly sparked panic with an evacuation warning. Science minister Plodprasop Suraswadi rushed out of a flood briefing late Thursday to say that several areas in Bangkok's northern suburbs were at risk of being submerged by up to one meter (3.3 feet) of water after a dyke burst. But the authorities quickly backtracked, causing confusion among residents who have been braced for floodwaters to reach the capital after causing havoc across northern and central Thailand. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said on Friday that the situation was under control. "The water level is stable and not increasing. So I would like to ask people not to panic," she told reporters. "Minister Prodprasob wanted to update the people about the situation becau...

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