Floods continue to batter Thai capital
Monday 07 November 2011
Advancing pools of filthy water threatened the Thai capital's underground system today and surrounded the emergency headquarters set up to deal with flooding that has claimed more than 500 lives nationwide.
Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has ordered evacuations in 11 of Bangkok's 50 districts, and partial evacuations apply in seven more, as the huge run-off from monsoon-buffeted central Thailand seeps south through the metropolitan area to the sea.
The evacuations are not mandatory, and most people are staying to protect homes and businesses.
But the orders illustrate how far flooding has progressed into the city and how powerless the government has been to stop it.
The latest district added to list was Chatuchak, home to a large public park and an outdoor shopping zone that is a major tourist attraction.
The Chatuchak Weekend Market was open over the weekend but had fewer-than-normal vendors and customers, as floodwaters poured past the market's eastern edge.
Chatuchak, just a few miles north of Bangkok's still-unaffected central business zone, also is home to the government's national emergency flood relief headquarters.
It is housed in the Energy Ministry - a building now surrounded by water.
The relief headquarters moved several days ago out of Bangkok's Don Muang airport after it, too, was flooded.
Relentless rainfall has pummelled Thailand since late July, swamping the country and killing 506 people, according to the latest government statistics. Most victims have drowned, while a handful died from flood-related electrocutions.
No deaths have been reported in Bangkok. The nearby province of Ayutthaya, which has been submerged for more than one month, has the highest toll with 90 reported dead.
Floodwaters have begun receding in some provinces north of the capital, and a major cleanup is planned in Ayutthaya this week. But water has massed around Bangkok and completely submerged some of the city's outer neighbourhoods.
- 1 Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
- 2 Frank Lampard equalises for Manchester City against Chelsea: how Twitter reacted
- 4 Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
- 5 Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
350 skinny dippers brave Northumberland seas for record attempt at mass naked swim
Rihanna 'nude photos' claims emerge on 4Chan as hacking scandal continues
Kim Kardashian 'nude photos' leaked on 4chan weeks after Jennifer Lawrence scandal
Jennifer Lawrence leaked 4Chan sex video branded 'fake' by forum users
Hitler’s former food taster reveals the horrors of the Wolf’s Lair
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
£12000 - £14400 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Are you an...
Negotiable: Randstad Education Bristol: Biology Teacher for fixed term contrac...
£60 - £70 per day: Randstad Education Luton: SECONDARY PRU / SEN / LSA experie...
£15 - £17 Per Hour: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is currently r...