October 24, 2011

The governor of Bangkok has warned residents to prepare for floodwaters to reach further into the city from suburban areas.

Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the flood had moved faster than anticipated and was expected to reach the Don Muang area of the Thai capital, where Bangkok’s second airport is located. The airport is being used as headquarters for the flood relief effort and as a shelter for evacuees.

On Monday, water flooded roads near the airport, though one lane was still passable. Thai television showed residents leaving their houses with luggage. Air operations continued as normal, however, at Don Muang and at Bangkok’s main international airport on the other side of the city.

Sukhumbhand said the water would threaten five other districts as it headed towards the city’s developed areas. Among those under threat was the Chatuchak district, popular with tourists and locals for its weekend market.

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