28 Oct '11, 3am

Bangkok residents flee as flood crisis reaches 'critical point'

BANGKOK - Clambering aboard bamboo rafts and army trucks, residents living on the heavily inundated outskirts of Bangkok fled their homes yesterday at the start of a special five-day holiday as officials said the crisis has now reached a critical point. Others crowded domestic check-in counters at Bangkok's main Suvarnabhumi Airport. A main road out of the city to the flood-free south was also jammed, with an exodus of cars to the seaside town of Hua Hin and the eastern resort city of Pattaya, where hotel rooms and homes to rent were hard to find. As of yesterday, flooding had inundated seven of Bangkok's 50 districts, most on the northern outskirts. There, roads have turned into rivers and homes and businesses are swamped. On a flooded key east-west artery, the police were turning back small cars, telling them the road had become impassable. While most of the capital rema...

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