10 Nov '11, 7am

Thai PM will not quit over flood crisis

Thai PM will not quit over flood crisis

BANGKOK: Embattled Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday vowed to stay on and fight the country's deadly flood crisis despite criticism of her handling of the disaster. "People supported and voted for me so I want to continue my work to the best of my ability," she told reporters when asked whether she was considering resigning. The floods, triggered by months of unusually heavy rains, have killed 533 people and damaged the homes and livelihoods of millions around the country. The waters are now slowly closing in on the heart of Bangkok, a city of 12 million people, swamping major roads and threatening the downtown area's luxury hotels, businesses and shopping malls. Visiting a shelter for flood evacuees in Bangkok's Chatuchak district, Yingluck pleaded for understanding from the public. "Everybody has worked to their utmost ability. It's a natural disaster w...

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