25 Oct '11, 6am

Thailand declares 3-day holiday in Bangkok and other flood-hit areas to cope with flood crisis

BANGKOK (AFP) - Thailand on Tuesday declared a three-day holiday in Bangkok and other flood-affected areas as high tides are forecast to flow up the city's main river and worsen floods creeping into the city. Schools, businesses and government offices will shut on Thursday and Friday, and the following Monday, creating a five-day break in the capital and 20 other provinces. 'The cabinet today approved the declaration of October 27 through to 31 as holidays,' Pracha Promnog, head of the Flood Relief Operations Centre (Froc), said after ministers met to discuss the escalating crisis in Bangkok. The central bank said it was still being decided whether to shut down financial markets as well. The announcement came after Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra made a televised address warning residents along the Chao Phraya river to be on 'full alert' after it reached record high...

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