25 Oct '11, 10am

Thai government declares a 5-day holiday to let Bangkok residents escape rising waters

BANGKOK - Thailand's devastating flood crisis deepened today after floodwaters began pouring over sandbagged barriers protecting the capital's second airport, forcing a halt to commercial flights after airlines based there suspended operations. It was not immediately clear how much water had entered Don Muang airport, which is used primarily for domestic flights, or whether it was controllable. But the news was sure to further erode the credibility of a government that has repeatedly sent mixed signals about its ability to defend an increasingly anxious capital from Thailand's worst floods in nearly 60 years. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country's main international gateway, has yet to be affected by flooding and flights there were operating normally. Most of the city has been spared inundation so far. Budget airline Nok Air suspended operations at Don Muang until N...

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