26 Oct '11, 2am

Thai floods hit Don Muang Airport, MFA reiterates travel advisory to Bangkok

BANGKOK - The Thai government yesterday declared a five-day holiday in Bangkok and 20 other provinces, as advancing floodwaters shut down commercial flights at the capital's second airport which also houses the country's flood relief headquarters and thousands of displaced people. The flooding at Don Muang Airport - primarily used for domestic flights - is one of the biggest blows yet to government efforts to prevent Bangkok from being swamped. In a televised address late last night, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra gave a stark prediction: The water was "at full force, which is more than the barriers can hold", she said. Ms Yingluck added that it was "highly likely" that all of Bangkok - including the inner zone - would flood. Under a "worst case scenario", water levels in some parts could go up to 1.5 metres, she said. Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, the country's...

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