28 Oct '11, 1am

US issues Thai travel warning

US issues Thai travel warning

WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday issued a warning to its nationals to avoid all but essential travel to parts of Thailand hit by floods, but pointed out that many tourist hotspots were unaffected. Thousands of Bangkok residents fled the capital on Thursday ahead of a mass of approaching floodwater. The city's metropolitan area and 20 provinces are affected by the extensive flooding, the State Department said. "The US Department of State recommends against all but essential travel to these areas of Thailand," it said in a statement. "Severe flooding has hampered transportation and limited access to some essential services in the affected regions." The State Department however said that Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport -- the country's main air hub -- was still operating normally, and that "most tourist destinations, such as Phuket and Chiang Mai, are unaffected." It ...

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